54 YEAR OLD BODY BUILDER & ACTOR DIES FROM HEART ATTACK AFTER 3 YEARS AS VEGAN|
Sept. 2012: Anyone who's watched The Green Mile will undoubtedly remember the massive 290 lb physique of Michael Clarke Duncan. While his bulging musculature made eyes pop and jaws drop, his acting performance alongside Tom Hanks earned him a string of accolades, including Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for best supporting actor.
Duncan's role was especially noteworthy given it was one of the few instances where a massive bodybuilder was given a "serious" and prominent role in a Hollywood feature film, instead of the usual typecasting as dumb goon or trigger-happy action hero.
Sadly, Michael Clarke Duncan – described by many as a "gentle giant" died on September 3, 2012, aged 54, after having suffered an initial heart attack in July. "Duncan "suffered a myocardial infarction on 13 July and never fully recovered", said a statement issued by a spokesman. In 2009, Duncan succumbed to vegan propaganda and began eating a meatless diet. Only two months prior to his heart attack, Duncan showed off his huge physique in a new PETA ad campaign featuring the slogan, "I Am Michael Clarke Duncan, and I Am a Vegetarian".
Whether Duncan's switch to vegetarianism accelerated his early demise or not, one thing's for sure: It certainly didn't help him. All the outlandish health benefits claimed for vegetarian diets clearly failed to materialize for Duncan. While the powerful actor may have been getting stronger in the gym, there was one muscle that kept getting weaker. And when that (heart) muscle stops pumping, how much you can squat or bench doesn't mean diddly. Continued here.
66 YEAR OLD VEGAN PROMOTER DEAD FROM HEART ATTACK
Hom Jay Dinshah (November 2, 1933 – June 8, 2000) was founder and president of the American Vegan Society and editor of its publication, Ahimsa magazine.
In 2000, Dinshah died of a heart attack at age 66. A lifelong vegetarian, Jay Dinshah became vegan in 1957. Continued here
NATURAL HYGIENE DR. GIAN-CURSIO WARN ABOUT DISEASES DUE TO VEGAN DIET|
veganism caused diseases in Dr. Cursio's patients in the 1950's, e.g.:
children got skeletal & tooth problems, hernia, nearsightedness, muscle-problems, deformed heads
young adults got dental caries, gum line recession, multiple sclerosis, blood chemistry problems, some deaths
some deaths of babies
Dr. Cursio discontinued vegan diets by adding eggs and dairy, which solved the problems
With Three Generations of Vegetarian Hygienists
Interview with Dr. Cursio for Shelton's Hygienic Review
by Dr. Stanley S. Bass
"Dr. Cursio: ... I'm speaking now how these changes took place – especially in the care of children - so that we have here problems that came up in the children when I followed the strict fruit program with nuts, and minimal amounts, compared to what I use now, of green stuff (salads). These children, the skeletal development wasn't right, the dental arches were not well-formed, teeth came in crowded because of it. I noticed a great deal of boys that were born who were herniated – who had what we call hydroceles. So, with the noticing of these conditions and other miscellaneous...
Dr. Bass: Can you state specifically what diet they were on?
Dr. Cursio: Their diet would be predominantly fruit, nut proteins, and a relatively small amount of salad compared to what they get now – they used to get one salad a day. They'd have a fruit meal in the morning, a fruit meal at noon, and a salad at night. In the morning, they'd have just fruit; at noon they'd have the fruit and nuts, and at night they'd have the salad, sometimes with nuts and sometimes with vegetables – but on this kind of a setup, I've been noticing the inadequacies in these children. Then I made the drastic changes! First I noticed the hydroceles, nearsightedness, the skeletal development. And the musculature was not developed in these children. But, at any rate, I started to think. In line with this of course were other things that I noticed with other individuals – people who had been living this way and living, I know, 100%. One of them – I don't think he's [Dr. Shelton] going to publish this – with Miss Natural Hygiene. There were two Miss Natural Hygienes. One of them came to me with multiple sclerosis. And gum recessions, dental caries I noticed. But a great deal of gum recession and marginal erosion of the gum line of the teeth. Now, at first I ascribed this to the citrus fruit, so I cut it down. I cut down on the amount of fruit, without making any relative increase in the green stuff (salads). Then, I finally found that though there were slight improvements, they were not sufficient. So then I figured there's got to be an additional factor here. There's got to be, what, I had talked to Weston Price about it – he was one of the men I spoke to. And, I said this is an X-factor that's missing – I don't know what it was. Later on, you know this work done on B 12 , I came to the conclusion that this perhaps was one of the factors that could lead to this kind of pathology.
Dr. Bass: Deficiency in B 12?
Dr. Cursio: Yes! It was only after adding green stuff that I started to see in the pregnancies that followed, and also in the children that were grown, that came from these pregnancies, the difference. Round heads instead of pear-shaped heads, better-formed teeth. And all the aberrations I had noticed – the near-sightedness, the hernias, the hydroceles, and the musculature that was weak – that all disappeared. There was never another case after this. I was also able to witness an increase, for example, in the blood chemistries, the improvements in the mothers and in the adults, who were put on this kind of a setup."
Dr. Stanley S. Bass
OUR VEGAN CHILD WAS DEFICIENCY-DAMAGED|
by Andrew Foote
Hallelujah Health Minister
vegan baby could not lift head
& could not crawl
& had minimal muscle strength
enamel missing from first tooth
not enough to add vitamin B-12
In the spring of 2001, while attending a Hallelujah Acres Health Minister Reunion, we learned that there was possibly an important ingredient missing in the Hallelujah Diet, an essential nutrient called Vitamin B-12. They now recommended those on the Hallelujah Diet take a supplement to make up the difference for the lack of this vitamin in the diet.
The Hallelujah diet consisted of 85% raw fresh fruits and vegetables and 15% cooked, while eliminating: all meat and dairy products, refined sugar, salt, and refined white flour products.
Had God forgotten this key vitamin in His "ideal diet" so that it required supplementation? We discovered that this vitamin was primarily found in meat and other animal products but were told that B-12 could also be produced from sources such as friendly bacteria in the intestinal tract.
Several months following the birth of our child named Andrew Aaron, we began to notice some symptoms that concerned us. His muscle strength and motor skills were far behind for his age of nine months. He could neither crawl nor hold his head up.
After doing some research into the symptoms of Vitamin B- 12 deficiency, we realized our child was likely deficient.
We also found out that the most accurate testing for Vitamin B-12 deficiency is done through the urine, not the blood. So we had a urine sample tested and the results consequently showed positive for B-12 deficiency.
We began Vitamin B-12 supplementation and saw some immediate improvements. After a few weeks he could hold his head up and began to scoot around on the floor on his belly.
Up to this time, this child was solely breast-fed but realizing Romsey wasn't supplying the baby with the nutrients he needed, we began to add raw goat milk to his diet.
At one year, he cut his first tooth only to have most of the enamel missing off the front of it. This revealed more evidence of Hallelujah Diet deficiency beyond Vitamin B-12.
This past summer, we learned that Greg Westbrook and his family, former Health Ministers and founders of the Weigh of Wisdom Workshop, also suffered from numerous deficiencies after following the Hallelujah Diet for a number of years. They amended their diet to include some animal products in order to correct their deficiencies.
It makes sense now -- after seeing Dr. Donaldson's study in which 139 of the 141 Hallelujah Dieters were deficient in their calcium intake -- why our child had the enamel missing off the front of his first tooth.
It was especially enlightening to us that after adding the raw goat milk to his diet, his other five teeth came in with complete enamel.
RICKETS IN VEGAN INFANT|
by Ward Nicholson
2 1/2 year old vegan infant developed rickets / bow legs
problem disappeared with added animal foods
there isn't much margin for errors on vegan diets
*** "Another sobering occurrence was that in the most recent issue of the M2M, one of our participants reported that their two or three-year-old infant son--who was still breastfeeding (or had been until recently) and who, along with the mother, was eating vegan Hygienic foods, including getting sunlight regularly--had developed bowed legs as a manifestation of rickets due to vitamin D deficiency."
Case of rickets in vegan toddler. This example of serious nutritional deficiency was criticized by one vegan raw-food advocate online, who made the accusation that crucial information must have been purposely withheld from my account, and suggested the rickets could have been due to an induced calcium deficiency from the binding action of phytates if the diet were rich in grains. For the record, here are the particulars of the father's and his son's diets:
Note that the father's statements quoted above depict a diet with a regular though not excessive level of grain consumption, would which tend to refute our critic's idea of an induced calcium deficiency stemming from inappropriately high levels of phytate in the diet.
- Family environment and parents' dietary beliefs/practices. (From issue #23 of the N.H. M2M): The father himself had been vegetarian for 13 years, and for the last four had maintained a diet of "80% living foods"--which we can take to mean roughly no more than about 20% of the diet (probably by volume since calories were not mentioned) would have been other than raw (but possibly juiced, or blended) foods. He also mentions eating potatoes and rice occasionally in this and another issue of the M2M. If we are being fair in making an estimate, we'd probably have to say that at most, rice would have constituted no more than, say, 10% of the father's own diet (half of the 20% non-living foods, given the mention of potatoes as a similarly occasional item).
- Particulars of father's diet (reflected to some degree in toddler's diet). The father also gave the following rundown of the particulars of his own diet (which, as we'll see, has an influence on the character of his son's as well) and to some extent his family's diet. (Little information was available for the mother's diet, except that it was influenced to some degree by her husband's diet, and the implication is hers too was likely vegan, or mostly so.) A typical breakfast would consist of bananas or grated apples with reconstituted raisins and a little tahini. Or alternatively a fruit smoothie consisting of fresh-squeezed apple juice, tahini, dates and bananas. Lunch was a salad of various vegetables at hand such as the usual items we are all familiar with: tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers, celery, onion, broccoli, carrots, lettuce, sprouts, all topped with a nut or seed dressing--often tahini--and/or avocado dressing. Fruit was a favored item for snacks later. Dinner was another raw salad for the whole family with the possible addition of steamed vegetables or potatoes.
- The son's diet was not much different, though perhaps heavier in fruit. Like the father's, his was "a mostly living foods vegan diet." The father also states that his son was unvaccinated--a sign generally indicative in the vegan community of serious commitment overall to these types of dietary/lifestyle regimes. The son was still breastfeeding at the age of 2 years and 8 months. Dietary consumption consisted of "6-8 bananas a day, apple juice, oranges, kiwis, apples, celery, dates, steamed potatoes, all sorts of vegetables, organic spelt bread, ricecakes, and his favorite spread right now is made with avocado, raw tahini, lime juice, raw cider vinegar, kelp, and a couple of capsules of bluegreen algae."
Elimination of problem using supplements/animal foods demonstrates insufficiency of diet, regardless of exact cause.
That even informed advocates acknowledge vegan diets should be carefully planned suggests that less margin for error is a real issue. Unfortunately, however, as we see above, some individuals simply don't do well on vegan diets even when conscientious attempts may be made. Often, more scientifically oriented vegan advocates will object in such cases that the diet wasn't "intelligently planned" enough. Yet if one must go to such lengths to be so conscientious and careful, what does this suggest?
The most logical conclusion is that there isn't as much margin for error on vegan diets in terms of nutrient deficiencies, while with the inclusion of animal products--a part of the natural human diet--or with the addition of artificial supplements to compensate for their absence, there is. (I do not mean, of course, to suggest that milk is ideal as an animal food. In view of the evolutionary and clinical evidence regarding potential long-term problems due to high saturated fat levels in dairy (among other things), flesh food would be the logical choice as the animal food we are most fit to eat. However, the vegetarian way of life does not permit this, so dairy (or eggs) often becomes the only choice available for those vegetarians who are willing to consider any animal products at all.)
FAMILY WITH SERIOUS HEALTH PROBLEMS CAUSED BY STRICT VEGAN DIET 2001|
strict vegan 85% raw diet caused serious health problems in all 5 family members
similar problems also occurred in others on the same vegan diet
typical problems were e.g. scattered thinking, looking old, chronically tired, loss of muscle, feeling cold, thyroid problems
strong reluctance in admitting the problems
CRASHING ON THE HALLELUJAH DIET
by Greg Westbrook
Gathering Storm Clouds
It can be devastating to realize that "God’s perfect diet" has run out of gas. When we transitioned to an all-raw vegan diet in 1994 and then to the Hallelujah Diet (an 85% raw vegan diet) in 1997, we were so pleased with the results that we never dreamed our diet would one day let us down.
In the summer of 2000, we were in the midst of producing the Weigh of Wisdom Workshop that teaches the Genesis 1:29 Diet. At that time, we believed in the Genesis 1:29 Diet with every fiber in our beings. We were so convinced of the virtue of the Genesis 1:29 Diet that we didn't make the connection between our ever increasing health problems and the Genesis 1:29 Diet. Judie was beginning to have chronic headaches. In fact, during the filming of the Weigh of Wisdom Workshops, she was having horrible headaches nearly every day. There were several days when we couldn't film simply because Judie wasn't well.
My weight had dropped to 120 pounds, and I was only a ghost of my normal weight of 155 pounds. We heard from the grapevine that people were talking about how old and tired Judie and I were looking.
I had also lost almost all my digestive power as well as five teeth to decay on the Genesis 1:29 Diet. And I was always cold, the result of slowing metabolism. Things were not looking good for us, but we still did not make the diet connection at that time.
Since we thought we were on "God's Ideal Diet," we decided to try even harder at the diet. More raw food, more juicing, more dehydrating, and soaking nuts and sprouting seeds, more Barleygreen, more exercise. And this is what we did for another year.
We worked harder at the diet than ever, but to no avail.
We were rewarded with even more severe health problems.
Judie's head and neck-aches became unbearable, almost making her an invalid.
I was extremely cold, and eating food always seemed to drag me down, rather than pick me up.
Our daughter Sarah had no stamina or energy, and her food cravings had become almost unbearable.
Our sons had problems too: Tim had no desire to do physical work any more, and
Terry was beginning to suffer constantly from anxiety and depression.
Worse yet, we were beginning to see the same problems in others outside our family who were on the Genesis 1:29 Diet.
By the spring of 2001, it began to dawn on us that we had better take another look at our diet. We each had a brand new set of health problems that we didn't have before the Genesis 1:29 Diet.
My dentist told me that if I didn't change my diet, I would probably lose all my teeth. In fact, my dentist was doing a land-office business with vegetarians, and told me that the vegan diet (Genesis 1:29 Diet) did not provide the nutrients necessary for strong teeth. I had ignored his advice and lost five teeth. Could it be that we were actually missing something in our diets?
Genesis 9:3 to the Rescue
We began by adding raw goat's milk into our diets. After a few months, we tried turkey, chicken and eggs. Mind you, none of these animal products were standard grocery store fare. Fortunately, we have a health food store in our area that sells veggie-fed and organically fed animal products. Gradually our health began to improve. However, we still seemed to be missing something, as Judie's headaches continued to persist. It wasn't until we took the quantum leap and added beef back into our diet that we finally saw the breakthrough we were looking for.
THE VEGAN HEALTH PROBLEM SURVEY|
the Westbrooks developed a survey to identifiy the most common problems developed on the vegan Hallelujah diet
54 health problems were identified
at first, the failing health of those on the diet typically collides with a strong belief in the theory
the vegan Hallelujah diet is now judged adequate for 3 months use only
by Greg Westbrook
"Since the early days of our health ministry, we've had our share of emails and phone calls reporting hair loss, muscle loss, slowing metabolism, dry skin and a host of other problems. In those days we just recommended Udo's Oil or vitamin B-12 and sent them on their way with admonitions to be more faithful to the diet, eat more raw food, bigger salads, etc.
But, as our own health problems became overwhelming, we began to sit up and take notice. Being a scientist at heart (an electrical engineer for 30+ years), I wanted to get a handle on the scope of the problem. So, we created a survey.
So far, we have identified the most common fifty-four health problems people have developed on the Genesis 1:29 Diet, and have incorporated these symptoms into the survey. The survey is an invaluable tool because it lays out all these long-term symptoms on two pages and enables people to really understand how much health they have lost. We've been keeping track of data from the surveys, and continue to update the database as new surveys come in.
We have been absolutely shocked at the survey results. Here are just a few examples:
55% reported loss of muscle and muscle tone on the diet
55% also report difficulty staying warm, a thyroid problem
59% are plagued with food cravings
A whopping 67% report scattered thinking.
46% feel they are looking older than they should.
54% feel run down, chronically tired.
59% don't feel like exercising or working on the diet.
IMPROVED GEN 1:29 DIET VERSION - EVALUATION|
(improved to include enough calories)
Exactly what nutrients does the above diet contain? Placing all the above food into the Diet Power10 computer program, the ideal model of the diet looks pretty good; certainly a lot better than the 141 Hallelujah Vegetarians, but still has some problems:
Pros to “Ideal Diet:”
Selenium and zinc are only slightly deficient. Most (90%) of my protein needs are met (13% of diet is protein) It has enough calories to meet my needs (2000 calories)
Cons to “Ideal Diet:”
Vitamin B12 and vitamin D are still non-existent Diet is 72% carbohydrate (way too high)· Fats are low at 15%
The fact that the diet now supplies almost all my micronutrients and needs (except for vitamins B12 and D) is impressive. But there is still one insurmountable problem. Who can eat 5 quarts of chopped vegetables and salad? It is virtually impossible. This diet, if done 100% by the book, is impossible!
As you can see, these numbers are too significant to be ignored.
We are no longer teaching the Genesis 1:29 Diet as a long-term diet. For a cleansing diet, it is appropriate only for short periods of time only; no longer than three months as a general rule. Our new materials are based on what we call the “Plan B Diet,” which includes animal products, but none of the junk in the Standard American Diet.
The worst mistake we can make as leaders is to reverence a theory (Genesis 1:29) so highly that the theory becomes more important than the health of our students. When we saw failing long-term health on the Genesis 1:29 Diet, it was time to rethink the theory."
IMPORTANT!! --- Click here for survey results.
INTERVIEW WITH ESSENE VEGETARIAN|
Essene raw foodist got pain and paralysis problems after 5 years on vegan diet
raw fermented dairy removed the problems - of probable B12 deficiency
several cases of vegan deaths due to nutrient-starvation known
AN INTERVIEW WITH NAZARIAH
by F. Patenaude, 3/2004
First Experiences With the Raw Vegan Diet
What is your background with the raw food diet?
I’m 46 now and I’ve been a vegetarian since I was 17. At that age, I not only became a vegetarian but also a raw foodist. I included raw dairy into my diet because I had met an elderly Essene teacher who recommended that. Historically, that used to be the Essene diet. The Essenes, for the most part, were not vegans. They were vegetarians and many of them were raw foodists, but they ate fermented dairy products such as yogurt and kefir. So that was my diet was for 7 years. During that time, I did great — no problems at all.
Then, when I had moved to another location, I became very attracted to the vegan philosophy, because it is a beautiful philosophy. I then became a raw vegan.
After 5 years on a raw vegan diet, I lost the ability to walk. All of my extremities — my hands, my fingers and my feet — were in such pain that I couldn’t move. I had central nervous system problems and I was B12 anemic. All of that happened after 5 years on a raw vegan diet.
So I switched back to eating the raw fermented dairy products. At that point, being as nerve-damaged as I was, I also included eggs. I healed myself by reintroducing those products.
At that point, I was wondering whether this was an experience unique to myself, or whether other persons had had problems on the raw food diet in the long-term. In the short term, you don’t have those sorts of problems. They’re nutritional deficiencies that take several years to manifest themselves.
Noted speakers/experts/authors & the Truth
Because I was by this time a "noted raw food speaker" and intimate with other famous raw food speakers/experts, I was often at their homes and getting to know them. I found that many of these noted speakers/experts/authors were experiencing anxiety attacks, panic attacks, clinical depression, and various muscle tissue problems and other problems.
However, what was most troubling, is that they didn't want the public to know. I won't name names because that would be betraying confidential interactions, but many of them called me when they were needing some sort of advice for dealing with these ailments. Then, at the next big raw food conference, there that person would be, preaching the amazing benefits of the 100% raw vegan diet, signing copies of their books, and speaking negatively about cooked food eaters and those who eat only partially raw or are not vegan.
Deaths in the Raw-Vegan Movement
Here, in the Eugene area, where I live, a man in the local raw food support group died about two years ago. He was only in his forties. For two weeks before his death, he’d been telling the leader of that group that he was having bad chest pains, but she just kept telling him, “oh, it’s just detox, it’s just cleansing.”
And he had been into this for a long time?
Yes, for a long time. He was one of the funding members of the raw food support group there. His doctor, when he died, told his wife (the man’s wife) that her husband had died of starvation. His body just starved to death, even though he was eating raw foods everyday. He wasn’t absorbing enough nutrients from it.
I was telling that story to a woman in Santa Monica who is part of a raw food support group there, and she responded by saying: “Oh yeah, we recently had a guy who died the same way, and he wasn’t very old either. The doctor said that his body just starved for lack of nutrients.”
Then I was telling another woman in Florida who’s member of a raw food support group there the same story about both these people, the one in Eugene and the one in Santa Monica, and she responded by saying, “Oh yeah, we’ve had two die that way."
An Interview with Nazariah by Frederic Patenaude
also see this interview:
Letter to M2M
Also - read about Natural Health Gurus Ate Animal Foods
by Chet Day
THE SAD SIDE OF DIETARY PURITY|
A doctor tells of experiences with severely malnourished vegans
Example: a patient's teeth were visibly rotting, hair was noticeably thin and brittle, nails were covered with cracks and deep ridges, and he was extremely gaunt.
This patient probably deficient in vitamin B12, vitamin D, vitamin A, zinc, iron, DHA and EPA, and healthy protein and fat
Patient unable to let go of his obsession with doing long water-only fasts and sticking to a strict, raw vegan diet
The Sad Side of Fasting and the Pursuit of Dietary Purity
by Ben Kim, D.C.
A short while ago, we had a fellow with chronic asthma come to fast at our clinic. He ended up staying with us for a week, an experience that made me decide to write this article to discuss the sad side of fasting and the pursuit of dietary purity.
Upon taking a full history and giving this fellow - I'll call him John - a full physical evaluation, I learned that he had fasted several times before over the past decade. John's first water-only fast more than ten years ago lasted for around 50 days because the doctor supervising his fast felt that successful treatment for his asthma required intensive detoxification and a prolonged period of pure rest. Although he experienced some improvement with his asthma, it was bad enough by the following year for the doctor to recommend that he fast again, this time for a month.
This pattern of feeling better for a short period during and after each fast, only to have his asthma return and "require" another long fast became a routine pattern for him for more than ten years. Through it all, John faithfully followed his doctor's advice to stick to a 100 percent raw, vegan diet. It was clear that John and the doctor believed that it was only a matter of time before fasting and a raw, vegan diet would completely cure his asthma.
After understanding John's medical history and completing a comprehensive physical evaluation, I told him that I believed he was severely malnourished. His teeth were visibly rotting, his hair was noticeably thin and brittle, his nails were covered with cracks and deep ridges, and he was extremely gaunt. I told John that I believed he was deficient in vitamin B12, vitamin D, vitamin A, zinc, iron, DHA and EPA, and finally, healthy protein and fat.
John was not happy with my assessment. In fact, he became pretty darn angry. Who was I to question what his previous doctor had prescribed for him for ten years? I was in my eighth year of practice while the other doctor had been supervising fasts for more than 50 years. How could I be arrogant enough to question the other doctor's approach? John scolded me for giving medical advice that I had "probably read in a book" and reprimanded me for not having more respect for older, more experienced doctors. "Then why are you here and not fasting with the other doctor?" I asked, genuinely confused about why he had chosen to travel from the States to Canada to fast when the other doctor was in the States, available to supervise another long fast for John. "He charges too much and does way too much blood work," was John's reply.
That's when I realized that what John wanted was for me to treat him in the exact same way that the other doctor did, minus the blood work, and at half the cost.
I told John that I felt that a long water fast was not in his best interest, and gave him some recommendations on whole food choices that would provide him with the nutrients that I felt he was deficient in. I also gave him several recommendations aimed at improving the strength of his immune system, which I felt should have been the primary focus in trying to help him recover from asthma. John was unable to let go of his obsession with doing long water-only fasts and sticking to a strict, raw vegan diet. His rigid adherence to a 100 percent raw vegan diet was particularly amazing for me to observe given that he was eating huge amounts of raw tahini (ground sesame seeds) because he was constantly hungry and craving dietary fat. It just didn't occur to him that he may have been eating containers of tahini on a regular basis because his body was in need of nutrients that he wasn't getting enough of, particularly healthy fat and protein. You should know that he was eating tons of romaine lettuce, avocado, celery, broccoli, and other nutritious vegetables that informed vegans know to eat lots of.
Sadly, John is not alone in being obsessed with water fasting and dietary purity. During the past three years alone, I can think of at least a dozen people who have come through our clinic who have had very similar health histories and health problems. Although I realize adults can make their own choices, I really believe that part of the blame in cases like John's must be placed on practitioners and gurus who lead people down such a path. The big problem that I have with such practitioners and gurus is that they seem to be much more interested in fitting people into their programs and philosophies than they are in carefully considering how each individual responds to specific food and lifestyle choices. Somewhere along the line, the mission seems to become more important than caring for each individual.
I don't have a problem with a person choosing to be a strict vegan. I was a strict vegan for almost five years until I finally came to the realization that it wasn't working for me. If you are feeling strong and healthy on a strict vegan diet, even a strict, raw vegan diet, I'm happy for you. What I find troublesome is how some people become so focused on promoting the benefits of a strict vegan diet that they lose sight of how they and those they provide guidance to are really doing with their health. I don't care to spend my energy on debating why a strict vegan diet is or isn't the healthiest diet on earth. I prefer to spend my energy on trying to figure out how each person who comes to me for guidance can experience his or her best health.
Over the past several months, I have received dozens of e-mails from supporters of a strict vegan diet about a book called The China Study. Written by respected scientist, T. Colin Campbell and his son, Thomas Campbell, this book is being referred to by some people as conclusive evidence that any amount of dietary animal protein increases one's risk of cancer and other degenerative health conditions. I had a chance to spend around two weeks with T. Colin Campbell, his son, and his wife during my time in northern California in early 2000. I found their family to be super kind and gentle. Still, I cannot cite The China Study as conclusive evidence that any amount of animal protein is bad for human health. Why not? As far as I know, this study did not take into account critical factors that determine the suitability of animal products for human consumption and health. How does human health respond to eating wild or organic, naturally raised animal products vs. factory farmed animal products? What effect do different cooking temperatures, cooking methods, and oils have on animal foods with respect to human health? Without searching for and considering the answers to these questions, how can we make such a bold conclusion that eating any amount of animal protein causes disease?
Personally, I have no doubt that eating factory farmed animal products is harmful to human health. I do believe, however, that for most people, regularly eating small amounts of clean animal foods like organic eggs and organic butter is necessary to be as healthy as possible. But please remember, what I believe shouldn't matter so much to you. What matters is how you feel. Please don't ever let anyone or any program become a more important guide for your health than what your own body tells you.
From one of Dr. Kim's free newsletters. Website:
VEGAN MOTHERS - BRAIN DAMAGED INFANTS
In Dr. John Fielder's practice outside Cairns, Australia, he has had this experience:
vegan women have typically been sterile
or had brain damaged babies
or had babies who didn't grow
or some other abnormal outcome
Below is something that naturopath John Fielder recently posted to the
Rawlife list. He repeats this on his website, http://www.ig.com.au/anl. He said in a later post that he has seen these negative outcomes in about a dozen cases. Mark
"My experience with vegans on both a raw food regimen and mixed raw and
cooked has been to the effect that when they were on the vegan diet they
were either, sterile (unable to reproduce), had children which did not
grow, or had children born brain damaged, to mention a few of the outcomes. When
they subsequently included some form of animal product in their diet, be
it raw eggs, raw yoghurt or koumiss, or raw meat, then the sterility
disappeared and pregnancy occurred, with the subsequent birth of a healthy
child, the children grew normally, any children born subsequently were
healthy and developed normally.
If, in the instance of the mother(s) who had been sterile, and
subsequently conceived after the introduction of the animal product, then ceased to
include the animal product in the diet, invariably the child would be born
with brain damage."
Dr. John Fielder
FAMILY DEVELOPED SERIOUS DEFICIENCY ON VEGAN/FRUITARIAN DIET
OUR JOURNEY TO RAW AND BACK
from INHS email list member
5/31/2008 9:28 AM
EMAIL: "I'm happy to see some discussion on the safety of the raw diet.
I thought I'd share my experiences to add an additional perspective.
I was a raw foodist for several years. I first learned about raw foods while on a 2 week semi-fast (the Master Cleanse) and jumped right into a 100% raw diet (very gourmet in the early months and moved to a 80-10-10 raw vegan diet following Doug Graham's approach. I felt awesome for 6 months, then ate an average cooked meal. I then experienced major food addictions for the first time in my life.
The next 2 years I was about 80% raw, but it was a constant struggle. In this time, my children's diets changed radically to a mostly raw fruitarian diet. They were both under 7 at the time.
But things got progressively worse for all of us. The children kept getting anemic in spite of all my best raw efforts.
Then they started to exhibit symptoms of ADHD, Aspergers, and Tourettes (all in the autism-spectrum) along with various other physical, mental & emotional difficulties.
I too have felt myself going downhill with many symptoms similar to the children -- problems with memory, focus, eyesight, fatigue, heat & hydration regulation, anger control, mental fog, overwhelm etc. It's been scary -- feels like I'm losing myself. ...
I discovered that we are all quite deficient in the following trace minerals: calcium, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, iodine, lithium, cobalt, and germanium. My doctor has also determined through other tests and assessments that we are low in the B vitamins, vitamin D (mine is "off-the-chart" low), and essential fatty acids."
Continued here With audio analysis by Dr. Bass.
STRICT VEGAN DIET - DANGEROUS
A famous writer and ex-vegan by the name of Upton Sinclair, the activist who forced the meat-packing industry to clean up its act many decades ago when he wrote The Jungle, found he couldn't maintain his work levels on a vegan diet.
Writing sadly that he hated to give up veganism, Sinclair did so nonetheless because he found his brain just wouldn't function at an optimal level on fruits, vegetables, juice, nuts, and seeds. He turned to Salisbury steak as his answer.
Although Upton Sinclair was nearly crucified by his vegan friends for changing his diet and writing about the positive results from the change, he maintained that he went where the truth led him.
I feel the same way.
February 2002 Addendum
I'm increasingly disturbed by the number of letters coming in from individuals who have had their health and well-being deteriorate after following a strict vegan or raw food program for various lengths of time.
In just a minute I'll share with you the most recent letter, this one from a woman who ate a raw food, vegan diet for several years and who developed spleen deficiencies and other problems.
The pattern I've been monitoring in email for several years now suggests that the longer a person stays on a strict vegan diet (with little or no "cheating"), the more apt that person is to develop
not only deficiency symptoms
but potentially even chronic health problems.
Although I'm not the only former vegan and raw foodist seeing this pattern, I seem to be one of the few who actually writes about it and discusses it in public.
For various reasons, many former (and most current) vegans and raw foodists don't want to publicly confront the problems with their idealistic diets, though many are willing to share their observations and experiences with me in private. But that's a whole different article.
Most Commonly Reported Problems and Symptoms
What are the most commonly reported symptoms from long-term vegans and raw foodists who have been forced to add some animal fat and protein back into their diets to regain or maintain superior health, energy, and well-being?
Below are the symptoms and problems I hear about in mail from long-term vegans and raw foodists on an all-too-regular basis:
Also, compare this longer list of typical symptoms = the vegan diet survey by Westbrook - based on interviews with people who followed the Hallelujah Acres vegan diet.
- inadequate milk production for nursing mothers, as well as retarded physical and mental development in some children who are strictly on a vegan or raw food diet;
- slow metabolism leading to a much less robust lifestyle;
- a general lack of vitality;
- low body temperature (always cold);
- a weak, touchy digestive system with a loss of digestive strength (unable to metabolize food quickly, have to be careful what you eat, how much, must practice food combining to be able to digest food, etc.);
- food cravings (especially among women);
- stalled weight loss because metabolism is too low (predominately in women);
- inability to gain weight, resulting in shrunken, cadaverous-looking bodies (predominately in men);
- weight gains from overeating on carbohydrates;
- amenorrhea (menstrual cycles cease), even in young women;
- loss of libido;
- hair loss and nail problems;
- dental cavities, tooth loss, and gum problems;
- joint pain;
- inability to conceive
.... Wouldn't it be nice to see some truly objective research that would get to the bottom of the relationship between long-term veganism and chronic health problems and symptoms like the ones listed above?
Until that kind of research is done (and don't hold your breath waiting for someone to fund it), we'll have to rely on the same anecdotal evidence to show veganism and raw foodism doesn't work for everyone that the vegan and raw food gurus rely on to "prove" their programs do work for everyone.
BABY DEATH BY VEGANISM
6 week old vegan-fed baby dies of starvation - parents convicted of murder
The New York Times
May 21, 2007
WHEN Crown Shakur died of starvation, he was 6 weeks old and weighed 3.5 pounds. His vegan parents, who fed him mainly soy milk and apple juice, were convicted in Atlanta recently of murder, involuntary manslaughter and cruelty.
This particular calamity — at least the third such conviction of vegan parents in four years — may be largely due to ignorance. But it should prompt frank discussion about nutrition.
Protein deficiency is one danger of a vegan diet for babies. ...
A vegan diet may lack vitamin B12, found only in animal foods; usable vitamins A and D, found in meat, fish, eggs and butter; and necessary minerals like calcium and zinc. When babies are deprived of all these nutrients, they will suffer from retarded growth, rickets and nerve damage.
Responsible vegan parents know that breast milk is ideal. ...
Yet even a breast-fed baby is at risk. Studies show that vegan breast milk lacks enough docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, the omega-3 fat found in fatty fish. It is difficult to overstate the importance of DHA, vital as it is for eye and brain development.
A vegan diet is equally dangerous for weaned babies and toddlers, who need plenty of protein and calcium. ...
Children fed only plants will not get the precious things they need to live and grow.
Read the story here:
Vegan Couple Gets Life in Prison After Baby Dies of Starvation
- the third such conviction of vegan parents in four years -
VEGAN INFANT STARVED TO DEATH
Baby Woyah Was 6 Months Old and Less Than 7 Pounds When She Died in 2003
Oct. 18, 2005
A Florida couple accused of starving their baby to death are scheduled to face two of their surviving children in court today.
Joseph Andressohn, 36, and Lamoy Andressohn, 30, are charged with aggravated manslaughter and neglect in the death of their daughter, Woyah, who was 6 months old when she died in May 2003. ...
Paramedics found Woyah's lifeless body on the floor of her parents' living room in May 2003 after her parents placed a frantic 911 call. The little girl's body was described as "emaciated" in a medical report, with ribs clearly visible through her stretched skin. An autopsy showed Woyah never learned to sit, stand or lift her head on her own. In the weeks before her death, she had trouble keeping her eyes open, and they would spontaneously roll back into her head.
She weighed less than 7 pounds when she died, just a few ounces more than when she was born and less than half of an average 6-month-old.
Prosecutors say the Andressohns starved Woyah to death by restricting her to a raw food diet, also known as a vegan diet or a "living foods lifestyle," feeding her only wheat grass, coconut water and milk made from almonds.
"Those parents caused their child Woyah to suffer malnutrition so severe that it turned that child into a bag of skin and bones," said assistant Florida state attorney Herbert Walker in court.
"Baby Woyah's body was eating itself because it wasn't getting enough nutrients."
Read the story here
- malnutrition so severe that it turned that child into a bag of skin and bones -
VEGAN BABY TRIAL IN QUEENS
15 month old baby almost dies of starvation - parents sentenced to prison
Couple Guilty Of Assault In Vegan Case
By GREG RETSINAS
April 5, 2003
A Queens couple who fed their baby daughter a strict vegetarian diet, including homemade infant formula, were convicted yesterday of nearly starving her to death.
The case, described in some headlines as the Vegan Baby Trial, attracted widespread attention beyond the couple's Queens Village neighborhood. Prosecutors said that as exotic and sensational as it sometimes seemed, the facts were plain enough: a diet with no dairy products or infant formula is not adequate for a newborn child, and the parents should have known better.
The results of the Swintons' care, prosecutors and medical experts said, were disastrous. By the time the authorities intervened when the child was 15 months old, she was toothless, had rickets, broken bones and internal injuries.
She was severely malnourished and weighed 10 pounds -- less than half the normal weight for a young toddler.
... doctors suspect that she has neurological damage.
Read the story here
- severely malnourished and weighed less than half the normal weight for a young toddler -
VEGAN CENTENARIANS – WHERE ARE THEY?|
The beauty and simplicity of Veganism and Fruitarianism sounds appealing, but ....
Of 60,000 centenarians in the United States, there are no vegans or fruitarians
Many well-known vegans have died early after battling severe illnesses for years
Short-term, raw vegan diets offer enormous benefits in overcoming serious health problems.
Long-term, physical and psychological deterioration will almost certainly occur.
Vegan Centenarians – Where Are They?
by Brian White
In recent years, I’ve noticed a growing trend among young people
to follow the teachings of vegan ‘gurus’ like David
Wolfe, Douglas Graham, Paul Nison and Gabriel Cousens.
Many of these followers are obsessed in their dietary beliefs and have
unrealistic expectations of ‘living to 100 in a perfect state
of health.’ They overlook the fact that most vegan leaders
have died prematurely after battling severe illnesses for years. They
also fail to produce a single authenticated vegan centenarian
to validate their beliefs.
While the beauty and simplicity of Veganism and Fruitarianism sounds
appealing, there’s just one tiny flaw ….. the vast majority
of people who attempt these diets will fail. Eventually, chronic health
problems caused by nutritional deficiencies will force them to add animal
foods into their diets. Sadly, many misguided health- seekers will ignore
this warning and suffer the consequences. How do I know this? Because
30 years of research and experience tells me so.
Think about this for a moment; if the utopian claims made about these
dietary regimes are genuine, where are all the vegan/fruitarian
There are an estimated 60,000 centenarians in the United States, 9,000
in the United Kingdom, and 3,000 here in Australia. Most are meat eaters
and a few are vegetarian, but I’ve never heard of any who
are vegan or fruitarian.
In fact, in one of the world’s longest-running studies of authenticated
centenarians ever undertaken, it was found that none of the participants
were vegan, fruitarian or even vegetarian! The Okinawa Centenarian
Study has been ongoing since 1976 and examined the lives
of over 600 centenarians who were living their traditional lifestyle.
Their diets included fish, pork, poultry, dairy products and eggs.
While I acknowledge they only represent a small percentage of the population,
vegan and fruitarian groups have existed for a long time, so they’ve
had ample opportunity to establish their longevity bonafides …..
David Wolfe claims, “My mom is from Persia,
and in that country they have vegan communities dating back thousands
of years. They also have raw-vegan communities with similar traditions.”
Then why isn’t every television station in the world reporting
on this super-race? After “thousands of years” of dietary
and genetic purity, you’d expect to hear of hundreds of fully verified,
healthy centenarians living today. Where are they?
The Arnold Ehret Health Club has operated in
the U.S. since the 1920’s, so there should be plenty of 100 –120
year old fruitarians running around. Yet, when I contacted the club, they
admitted they were not aware of any Ehret devotee who has reached
100. It seems that fruitarian centenarians are rarer than Bigfoot!
H. Jay Dinshah was the founder and president of the
American Vegan Society. Although a vegetarian
from birth, then a vegan for 43 years, he died from a heart attack at
just 66 years of age.
Herbert M. Shelton was the most influential Natural
Hygienist of the 20th century. For six decades he preached the superiority
of a raw vegan diet of fruits, vegetables and nuts. Did he enjoy a long
and vigorous life? No! He was in a declining state of health in his sixties,
and was bedridden for the final 13 years of his life due to Parkinson’s
disease. He died at just 89.
His protégé, T.C. Fry, taught the infallibility
of a raw vegan diet for 26 years, yet he died at the ridiculously young
age of 70!! However, even more disturbing is the fact that he suffered
from numerous health problems long before his death. According to Dr Bernarr
Zovluck, a close friend for 30 years, Fry died from coronary embolism.
He also had multiple atherosclerotic thrombi of his lower legs, edema,
a lesion on his left lung, anemia, high acid blood pH, breathing problems,
constipation, osteoporosis, teeth and gum problems, etc.
Yes indeed, his vegan/fruitarian diet certainly worked miracles for his
George R. Clements (AKA Hilton Hotema,
AKA Kenyon Klamonti) claimed he became a vegan at 9 years
of age after reading a book about health at school. He also claimed he
lived as a breatharian-fruitarian for almost 80 years and would “live
to be 150 years of age.” He only managed to reach 92.
Hereward Carrington, author of The Natural
Food of Man, believed that a strict diet of raw fruits and
nuts could “sustain man in a perfect state of health”. He
died at 78 years of age.
Dr O.L.M. Abramowski was a German born doctor who immigrated
to Australia in 1884. While working at the Mildura District Hospital,
he successfully treated patients with fresh fruit and juices. He wrote
several books including Fruitarian Diet and Physical Rejuvenation
and thought his diet of raw fruit, nuts and grains would enable him to
reach 100 –120 years. He died at 58.
Ross Horne, Australia’s most famous raw food author,
believed his fruitarian diet was superior to all others. I met Ross in
1983 and corresponded with him periodically over the years. Despite rigidly
adhering to his tropical fruit diet for 22 years, he died last year of
Prostate Cancer. He was only 79. Ironically, his final book was titled
Cancerproof Your Body.
an 18 year old searching for the secrets of perfect health and long life,
I had a voracious appetite for knowledge and devoured every book I could
find; from Vilhjalmur Stefansson to Adelle Davis to Arnold Ehret; from
carnivorous to omnivorous to frugivorous. Over the past three decades
I’ve read hundreds of books and scientific studies relating to diet,
nutritional supplements and natural therapies. In addition to experimenting
on myself, I’ve also observed the practical, long-term effects various
diets have on people. Along the way I’ve encountered charlatans,
liars and delusional individuals who make ridiculous and unsubstantiated
claims about therapies, diets and products.
After 30 years of research, I have no doubts that the foundation of a
healthy diet should be fresh, raw, organically grown vegetables and fruits
(and their juices), plus sprouts, nuts and seeds. Short-term, raw vegan
diets offer enormous benefits in overcoming serious health problems. However,
long-term physical and psychological deterioration will almost certainly
occur unless animal foods such as eggs, fish or dairy products are consumed.
Those who refuse to do this should supplement with B12 (methylcobalamin),
folic acid and flax or hemp seeds.
Copyright © 2005 Brian White
About The Author:
Brian White has been researching health related topics
for over 30 years and has authored several controversial articles on Diet,
Nutritional Supplements and Natural Therapies – using scientific evidence.
This article courtesy of http://www.wholefooddirectory.com.
Well-known hygienist Jo Willard, who had a health radio program for many years, died from brain hemorrhage, after being a vegan/fruitarian for over two decades. She went for a 30 day fast at Dr. Scott's place, came down with Alzheimer's symptoms after the fast, and died shortly after. One of her favorite foods was a banana wrapped in lettuce.
2007 - Harvey Milstein died from colon cancer (in his sixties), very quickly, shortly after being checked into a hospital. He was the leader of the NH movement in Houston for 20 years, a fruitarian/vegan, after NH helped him get rid of migraines, kidney stones, & more, in 1984. He was a follower of TC Fry. See his story here.
2008 - a young Houston vegan (around 30) also died from cancer - very quickly, within 2 weeks of diagnosis.
May, 2008 - A leading member in ANHS, Max Huberman passed away at age 86 following a fall at home, after getting Parkinsons (the same disease Dr. Shelton got before his death). ANHS first advocated a raw vegan diet, which later changed to today's cooked/raw vegan diet with supplements. His son Mark was the lawyer of ANHS for many years, and now is the lawyer of NHA.
Max overcame polio in 1950, a health crisis that led him and his wife to embark
on a lifestyle of vegetarianism and natural living, a program that ultimately led them to
open a health food store in 1958 originally called Natural Health Foods, one of the first in
the nation to sell organically grown fruits and vegetables. He was a 55-year member of the National Health Association (ANHS/NHA) and served on its Board of Directors.
Youkta, 30 year raw vegan wife of Victor Kulvinskas, M.S., who died a few years ago in Costa Rica of colon cancer associated with other, e.g. emotional, problems.
The late Helen Jean Story of California, who created one of the first raw foods newsletter via snail mail before the Internet. She worked hard in her later life publishing this newsletter and arranging gatherings and trips. She died after having a stroke a few years ago.
Long term vegan Elder Victor Kulvinskas, M.S., who is now reported to be the father of the modern raw food movement, had two car accidents in the state of Arkansas prior to moving to Costa Rica. The last accident running a stop sign. Victor K. has also had cataract eye surgery a few years ago, and was hospitalized for a hernia operation in 2006 in Little Rock AR.
Mrs. Davison, 88 years old, developed heart disease as a raw vegan, and was forced to close the health resort, she had kept for 30 years, in 2005. She lived in Arkansas with her husband, on a Tilley farm where they raised 5 children. She was a 40 year raw eater, and resort director. After a car accident she damaged ribs & collar bone, and died a year later.
A South African, 30 year raw fruit eater, Morris Krok, author, died of cancer. His leg was amputated.
VEGANISM IS IMPOSSIBLE IN THIS WORLD - ACCORDING TO INDIAN SWAMI
In this world perfect Ahimsa is impossible
Killing is a sin without doubt. Even to injure another in thought and word is also a sin. Not a single recognised religion asks its followers to kill mercilessly or to be unkind to any living being. In its code of moral-conduct every religion lays much stress on love and compassion for all living beings.
But then, in this world one life subsists at the cost of other lives. The lower life serves as food to higher life. In water, air, etc., there are innumerable living things which are invisible to the naked eye. In mere breathing, walking, talking, drinking and eating vegetables, grains and fruits one kills millions and millions of microscopic organisms.
Taking all this into consideration, it would be clear that one can observe perfect Ahimsa only in Nirvikalpa Samadhi; in which state the body becomes almost a corpse devoid of breathing, moving and thinking. Apart from this state, life can continue only at the cost of other lives.
That being the case, it is the circumstance and the attitude of the mind which make an act sinful. If the ego or "I" idea is absent while doing an act, one commits no sin. It is the idea of "I" and "Mine" alone that forges the fetters of bondage and makes one suffer hell fire.
VEGANISM CAUSING PARKINSONS
Joel Fuhrman, 2009:
Leaders of the Vegan Movement Develop Parkinson's: Case Studies
Prominent Vegetarian and Health Advocate (INHS: Max Huberman), this leader in the natural health movement and a personal friend to me also suffered from and eventually died from a fall related to his Parkinson's disease. During his young adult life he embarked on the path of healthy living and vegetarianism. A follower of Shelton's works, he operated a large health food store, one of the first to sell organic fruits and vegetables in America; he became a leader in the health food industry. Of course he was not at risk of cancer or heart disease with his excellent diet, but he developed Parkinson's which limited the quality of his later years.
When he was developing his Parkinsonian tremors, I ordered blood tests and was shocked to see his blood results showing almost a zero DHA level on his fatty acid test, in spite of adequate ALA consumption from nuts and seeds eaten daily. I had never seen a DHA level that low before.
Since that time I have drawn DHA blood levels on other patients with Parkinson's and also found very low DHA levels.
Was it a coincidence, that these leaders in the natural food, vegetarian movement, who ate a very healthy vegan diet and no junk food would both develop Parkinson's? I thought to myself--
The answer to all of these questions is a resounding, yes. ....
- could it be that deficiencies in DHA predispose one to Parkinson's?
- Do men have worse ability to convert short chain omega-3 into long chain DHA? Is that why Parkinson's affects more men than women?
- Is there evidence to suggest that DHA deficiencies lead to later life neurologic problems?
- Are there primate studies to show DHA deficiencies in monkeys leads to Parkinson's?
TC Fry (1926 - 1996), another long-term Natural Hygienist, raw foodest, vegetarian-fruitarian, advocated you did not need supplements as food contained all that we need. He died of an atherosclerotic-related embolism at the age of 70. I saw his hospital record at his death and reviewed his blood work drawn immediately prior to his death. It was quite revealing. He had severe B12, deficiency, so long-standing that his B12 levels were almost undetectable and the lowest I have ever seen. It is kind of interesting reading internet interpretations of why he died, such as "did not practice what he preached," "cheated on his diet," "too much sex," "ozone treatments for his vascular disease". He died prematurely simply because long-standing B12 deficiency leads to extremely high homocysteine levels, which can cause intra-vascular inflammation and cardiovascular disease.
VEGAN TURN-AROUND - THE VEGETARIAN MYTH
A good sign: today it seems many vegans are abandoning their former all-vegetarian fare because of health problems.
For an example of this, plus abandonment due to moral considerations -- see this excellent & well-written 2009 book The Vegetarian Myth by Lierre Keith.
Another example is former M2M director Bob Avery, a natural hygienist veganism-promoter for many years, who in 2008 started including organic meat in his diet.
The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice and Sustainability
QUOTES: "In his book Long Life, Honey in the Heart, Martin Pretchel writes of the Mayan people and their concept of kas-limaal, which translates roughly as “mutual indebtedness, mutual insparkedness.” “The knowledge that every animal, plant, person, wind, and season is indebted to the fruit of everything else is an adult knowledge. To get out of debt means you don’t want to be part of life, and you don’t want to grow into an adult,” one of the elders explains to Pretchel.
The only way out of the vegetarian myth is through the pursuit of kas-limaal, of adult knowledge. This is a concept we need, especially those of us who are impassioned by injustice. I know I needed it. In the narrative of my life, the first bite of meat after my twenty year hiatus marks the end of my youth, the moment when I assumed the responsibilities of adulthood. It was the moment I stopped fighting the basic algebra of embodiment: for someone to live, someone else has to die. In that acceptance, with all its suffering and sorrow, is the ability to choose a different way, a better way.
.... without the check of predators, there will quickly be more grazers than grass. The animals will outstrip their food source, eat the plants down to the ground, and then starve to death, leaving behind a seriously degraded landscape.
The lesson here is obvious, though it is profound enough to inspire a religion: we need to be eaten as much as we need to eat. The grazers need their daily cellulose, but the grass also needs the animals. It needs the manure, with its nitrogen, minerals, and bacteria; it needs the mechanical check of grazing activity; and it needs the resources stored in animal bodies and freed up by degraders when animals die.
The grass and the grazers need each other as much as predators and prey. These are not one-way relationships, not arrangements of dominance and subordination. We aren’t exploiting each other by eating. We are only taking turns.
That was my last visit to the vegan message boards. I realized then that people so deeply ignorant of the nature of life, with its mineral cycle and carbon trade, its balance points around an ancient circle of producers, consumers, and degraders, weren’t going to be able to guide me or, indeed, make any useful decisions about sustainable human culture. By turning from adult knowledge, the knowledge that death is embedded in every creature’s sustenance, from bacteria to grizzly bears, they would never be able to feed the emotional and spiritual hunger that ached in me from accepting that knowledge. Maybe in the end this book is an attempt to soothe that ache myself."
QUOTES from The Vegetarian Myth:
PHYSICAL SYMPTOMS: "Two years into my veganhood, my health ...failed, ... catastrophically. I developed a degenerative joint disease that I will have for the rest of my life. ... years of ever increasing pain... My spine looks like a sky-diving accident. ...
Six weeks into veganism I had my first experience of hypoglycemia, ... Three months into it I stopped menstruating, ... My skin was so dry it flaked, and in the winter it itched... At twenty-four, I developed gastroparesis, ... fourteen years of constant nausea, and I still can't eat after 5 PM."
MENTAL SYMPTOMS: "... depression and anxiety... the world was made of a pointless, grey weight, endlessly the same, punctuated only by occasional panic. I would routinely dissolve into helplessness. If I couldn't find my house keys, I'd find myself in a heap on the living room floor, immobilized ... The keys were lost and so was I, the world, the cosmos. Everything collapsed, empty, meaningless, almost repulsive." (page 9 - 10)
Review of The Vegetarian Myth by Dr. Michael Eades.
Read the first pages of the book.
SUSAN SCHENCK: BEYOND BROCCOLI - 2011
Susan Schenck: Beyond Broccoli, Creating a Biologically Balanced Diet When a Vegetarian Diet Doesn't Work
Summary at Amazon.com:
Beyond Broccoli is authored by Susan Schenck, who herself was a raw vegan for six years, followed by a year of raw vegetarianism (raw dairy and eggs included). Her journey has culminated with the reintroduction of just a bit of raw and lightly cooked meat.
Going raw had originally proved to have so many benefits that Ms. Schenck had already penned the 2-time award-winning, and still relevant, book The Live Food Factor.
But after a few years of veganism, she began to exhibit health concerns: deficiencies of vitamin B12, memory problems, muscle tissue loss, bloatedness, irritability, and cravings.
Her further research, spurred on by Dr. Stanley Bass, led her to conclude that it was a lack of vital nutrients found only in animal products that were causing the problems. Dr. Bass, with his more than 50 years of clinical experience in raw vegan and nonvegan diet counseling, contributed the foreword to the resulting Beyond Broccoli.
The book begins with the author's story of why she resumed eating a bit of animal products and how she manages to stay mostly raw even so. It also includes a chapter on other vegans and vegetarians (some who eat raw, others who eat cooked) who made this decision for their own health reasons.
This book addresses the following issues: vegetarian myths; why human s brains have shrunk 11% in the last 11,000 years; the importance of animal foods in pregnant and lactating women; man's dietary history of eating meat for 2.6 million years; how the vegan diet affects the brain and emotions; critical nutrients found only in meat, eggs, and dairy, as well as some found only in meat; the difficulty of getting enough healthful protein on a vegan diet, especially raw; the dangers of soy; the different metabolic types, which explain why some succeed on veg diets while others fail; the dangers of overeating animal protein; how to eat meat so that it is not dangerous; the benefits of eating raw or lightly cooked meat and how to do it safely and make it taste good; spiritual, moral, and environmental issues with meat eating; the importance of eating clean meat from compassionately raised animals; eating a high raw Paleo diet, which is what we evolved eating; the importance of eating raw; flaws in the China Study; the benefits of a low-glycemic diet; important foods if you choose to be a vegan or vegetarian; and more.
This book also addresses issues such as the fact that not everyone can efficiently convert plant nutrients to critical nutrients needed by the body: omega-3 fats into DHA and EPA needed by the brain; beta-carotene into true vitamin A; essential amino acids into nonessential ones; vitamin D2 into D3; and vitamin K1 into K2. ....
MORE EX-VEGAN HEALTH TESTIMONIALS - SUMMARY BY JULIANNE
The following is from Julianne's Blog: Health problems on low fat raw vegan and vegan diets
As a nutritionist my primary commitment is to my clients’ health. I see no evidence that making a permanent switch from an omnivorous to a vegan diet would improve the health of any client.
In the short term however some people appear to benefit from a change to a raw vegan diet, however long term, health problems from dietary deficiencies and imbalances inevitably catch up with people.
Example: Denise Minger
Denise Minger wrote about this in her article "Raw Gone Wrong, When the Honeymoon is Over"
"Almost without fail, the beginning of the diet yields a brilliant honeymoon phase - filled with surging energy, renewed vigor, and zest for your lively cuisine.
But somewhere down the line - months for some people, years for others - the wonder starts to wane. Maybe you start feeling like something is inexplicably missing. Maybe your energy takes a dive and noontime naps become the norm. Maybe your weight loss plateaus. Maybe your last dentist visit wasn’t so pretty. Maybe those niggly health problems you had prior to - raw aches and pains, lethargy, allergies, arthritis, skin conditions - start resurfacing out of nowhere. Whatever the reason, raw just doesn’t seem to be working as well as it did in the beginning. Your enthusiasm diminishes, and in its place comes doubt, discontentment, and a plethora of questions.
In other words, you start seeing raw foods’ freaky nose hairs and you begin to wonder: what did I get myself into?
My own raw honeymoon ended around the one-year mark. Intermittent fatigue, dental woes, hair loss, concentration problems, and some not-so-happy blood test results forced me to rethink the dietary regimen I was so tightly clutching. "
Here are more stories from vegan’s themselves about the health problems encountered after the honeymoon period:
Erim Bilgin: Interview with an ex-vegan.
"What happened between you being a true-believing 80/10/10 low fat raw vegan and you eating animal products again?
Sickness happened, and as a result, a whole lot of questioning. I really was a true believer in the low fat raw vegan lifestyle. I totally got the message. I believed in it fully. I followed it perfectly for three years, during which my health didn’t really get any better, but for the first two years, it didn’t get any worse either.
About a year and a half into it, I started to get weak, mentally, though this didn’t become apparent to me for years. I was extremely susceptible to stress. Anything would get to me, and I had to learn about self-mastery and breathing techniques and all that shit. It’s funny, because I was saying I was eating a raw vegan diet because it was “natural”, but here I was depending upon all these "unnatural" techniques. It never occurred to me that mental strength should come naturally. I just thought today’s world was too hectic.
... The problems started to become more physical sometime around the first quarter of 2010. My teeth started getting incredibly sensitive, and there were clear signs of heavy acid erosion. I thought the tips of my teeth were always this transparent and that the darkened spots near my gum line were just stains from all the colorful food I was eating. My gums started to recede, I broke a molar by biting a tiny piece of a hazelnut shell by mistake, and a few months later my dentist would find six cavities in my raw vegan mouth.
I started to get more and more fatigued. I would come home from school (if I ever DID manage to go to school that day), and I’d wonder how people manage to still do things after school. Sure, I exercised regularly, but even that was strange. For the life of me, I couldn’t increase the intensity no matter how hard I tried. It was mostly endurance running, the vegan favorite. And it wasn’t TRAINING, it was only maintenance work. I just couldn’t improve my performance.
Speaking of performance, I also had no sex drive. Now, believe me when I say that there is a difference between LOW sex drive and NO sex drive. Because I had NONE." Source: interview-with-an-ex-vegan-erim-bilgin
Kevin Gianni, "Renegade Health": What diet do you eat now Kevin?
"At one point I was taking 6-10 vegan supplements a day to attempt to override my deficiencies - B complex, DHA, Vitamin D, B12, a mineral supplement, protein powder, chlorella, and more. I also adjusted my diet to add more cooked foods to see if that would change the way I felt as well. This was over a 2 year period. ..... After the introduction of goat's kefir and yogurt, I immediately felt an increase of energy, slept better and many issues started to clear up – my acne started to disappear, my knees stopped aching after a run, I gained back weight lost, I was able to retain muscle mass better, I could get out of bed in the morning, etc."
Tasha, formerly "Voracious Vegan": A Vegan No More
"When the doctor first told me that I had numerous vitamin and mineral deficiencies, that I was almost anemic, and my B12 was so low she wanted to give me an injection immediately, I refused to believe her. I actually asked her to show me the blood test results because I thought there had to be some sort of mistake. But there was no mistake, it was right there in black and white; deficiencies and abnormalities across the board.
The results explained perfectly why I had been feeling weak and exhausted for more than 6 months. ... When I could I slept till noon, I felt lightheaded when I stood up, I couldn't remember simple words or the names of my friends, and I was freezing cold even in the midst of a sweltering Saudi summer. Of the myriad symptoms I've listed here and the ones I will not be describing publicly, the absolute worst of all was my depression. This awful, lifelong foe I've been battling on and off was sneaking back into my life, painting the edges of my world a sickening black and stealing the joy that I had fought so desperately to regain."
Holly Paige: How our vegan diet made us ill - Holly Paige thought her family's food regime would boost their health - but stick-thin legs and rotten teeth made her think again.
Chris Masterjohn: Vegetarianism and nutrient deficiencies - an excellent article on this subject, at Weston Price Foundation, which draws from numerous clinical studies: or click here.
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