THE CASE AGAINST VEGANISM - 2
There are many examples of vegans getting into deficiency trouble after some years on a 100% plant based diet, especially when no supplements are taken. Below are some examples.
MAHATMA GANDHI AND 22 COMPANIONS FAIL AS VEGANS - 1946
DR. GIAN-CURSIO ABOUT DISEASES DUE TO VEGAN DIET
OUR VEGAN CHILD WAS DEFICIENCY-DAMAGED
RICKETS IN VEGAN INFANT
FAMILY WITH SERIOUS HEALTH PROBLEMS CAUSED BY STRICT VEGAN DIET 2001
THE VEGAN HEALTH PROBLEM SURVEY
INTERVIEW WITH ESSENE VEGETARIAN
THE SAD SIDE OF DIETARY PURITY
VEGAN MOTHERS - BRAIN DAMAGED INFANTS by Dr. Fielder
FAMILY DEVELOPED SERIOUS DEFICIENCY ON VEGAN/FRUITARIAN DIET
STRICT VEGAN DIET - DANGEROUS
BABY DEATH BY VEGANISM - Atlanta Vegan Couple Gets Life in Prison After Baby Dies of Starvation
VEGAN INFANT STARVED TO DEATH - Florida trial
VEGAN BABY TRIAL - Queens parents sentenced to prison
VEGAN CENTENARIANS – WHERE ARE THEY? by Brian White
VEGANISM IS IMPOSSIBLE IN THIS WORLD by Swami Narayanananda
VEGANISM CAUSING PARKINSONS by Joel Fuhrman
VEGAN TURN-AROUND in a book by Lierre Keith
BEYOND BROCCOLI - a book by Susan Schenck in 2011
MORE EX-VEGAN HEALTH TESTIMONIALS - summary at Julianne's Blog
Note: INHS' diet position is based on these case examples and many more, of humans who have been damaged by vegan diets.
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MAHATMA GANDHI AND 22 COMPANIONS FAIL AS VEGANS
by Arnold DeVries
"The late Mahatma Gandhi devoted much of his life to the advocacy of strict vegetarian diet, and for years he experimented on his own body to find a suitable selection of plant foods on which to sustain health.
But all attempts were failures. In 1929, Gandhi and 22 companions went on a diet consisting of a limited selection of uncooked plant foods. Whereas the diet worked out well for a time and led to marked improvement in consumptive cases, it failed to prove adequate on a long-range sustenance basis. One by one Gandhi's companions were forced to depart from the diet, and Gandhi himself had to add goat milk to his fare in order to regain health.
"For my companions I have been a blind guide leading the blind," declared Gandhi after the experiment was over. Gandhi still felt, however, that "the hidden possibilities of the innumerable seeds, leaves and fruits" of the earth could be explored and found to provide mankind with adequate nourishment. He never stopped trying to experiment along these lines, but he always had to turn back to goat milk to regain his strength.
In the end he had to acknowledge the necessity for animal food. In 1946 he declared: "The crores of India today get neither milk nor ghee nor butter, nor even buttermilk. No wonder that mortality figures are on the increase and there is a lack of energy in the people. It would appear as if man is really unable to sustain life without either meat or milk and milk products. Anyone who deceives people in this regard or countenances the fraud is an enemy of India."
These are strong words from a man who devoted most of his life to the search for a satisfactory vegetarian diet. But Gandhi's experience is not unique in the field of nutrition. Many others have also gone through the experience of believing that man could thrive exclusively upon a limited selection of uncooked plant foods, only to find in the end that animal products were necessary for sustenance. ...."
excerpt from "Arnold DeVries: The Elixir of Life"
VEGAN MOTHERS - BRAIN DAMAGED INFANTS
In Dr. John Fielder's practice outside Cairns, Australia, he has had this experience:
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
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:
.... 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
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
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
VEGANISM IS IMPOSSIBLE IN THIS WORLD - ACCORDING TO INDIAN SWAMI
Swami Narayanananda: 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--
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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