I’m honored to be featured on PCRM’s Food for Life News for May 2015, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to highlight some AMAZING AMAZING people whom I’ve had the privilege of interviewing my first two years on a whole foods plant-based vegan diet! These incredible people not only shared their personal stories of transformation with changing their diets, but adopting this lifestyle! You don’t want to miss out! Simply follow the link below:
Happy Vegalicious Reading!
PS. I get to hang out with this lovely woman, Ms. Kayle, this weekend!
Link to PCRM’s Food for Life May 2015: http://www.pcrm.org/health/diets/ffl/newsletter/food-for-life-in-the-news-may-2015
Last week I spoke to a woman whom I hadn’t seen in years, so we gave each other the “Cliff Notes” of what’s been happening in our lives. I told her about my diet change to a whole foods plant-based diet and the reasons why. She told me that she has tumors growing up and down her arms. When I told her that this diet could help her, she replied, “I don’t drink dairy, but I could NEVER give up my meat!” I then asked her, “How many medications are you taking?” She replied, “I’m on 30 different medications!” Wowsa! Did I really hear that right? 30 Different medications? Yes, 30!!! I don’t know about you, but if I was battling tumor growth and on 30 different medications, then I’d have to take a hard look at why is this happening? Why do the tumors keep appearing? What can I do to change that? Is my diet possibly to blame for this? Could changing my diet help reverse this?
The good news is that there are solutions and that we each can make different choices and significant decisions towards health and wellness each and every day…and with each and every bite & drink we put into our bodies!
After having had this conversation with this woman, I was at my dentists office for three and a half hour this week having a crown replaced and a cavity fixed, and while I was in the chair I passed the time watching TV, which I seldom do since I only subscribe to Netflix and my friends station over at Food Matters TV. Thanks to them for their excellent Quotes, which I’m borrowing today!
As I was laying in the chair, one of the drug commercials popped up. This one was for Enbrel, but it could have been any other drug for that matter. Enbrel, by the way, is used to treat long-term inflammatory diseases such as: moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis, adult chronic moderate to severe plaque psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis and a few others of the kind. My favorite part, however, is when the side effects are listed…you know, right after they’ve painted a rosy picture for you of what your life could be like. For ENBREL some of the side effects include:
Risk of Infection – “ENBREL can lower the ability of your immune system to fight infections. Some people have serious infections while taking ENBREL. These infections include tuberculosis (TB), and infections caused by viruses, fungi or bacteria that spread throughout their body. Some people have died from these infections.” ~Enbrel (etanercept)
Risk of Cancer – “People with rheumatoid arthritis or psoriasis, especially those with very active disease, may be more likely to get lymphoma.” ~Enbrel AHEM, isn’t this what this drug is meant to cure?
Heart Failure – “including new heart failure or worsening of heart failure you already have. New or worse heart failure can happen in people who use TNF blocker medicines, like ENBREL.” ~Enbrel
Psoriasis – “Some people using ENBREL developed new psoriasis or worsening of psoriasis they already had.” ~Enbrel
Autoimmune Reactions, including –
“Lupus-like syndrome. Symptoms include a rash on your face and arms that gets worse in the sun.”
“Autoimmune hepatitis. Liver problems can happen in people who use TNF blocker medicines, including ENBREL. These problems can lead to liver failure and death.” ~Enbrel
Well, at least the drug companies are kind enough to let you know what the risks are should you choose to take their drug, right!? This is also called, “We are covering our a$$es!” I don’t know about you, but I know that if I can avoid taking any of these drugs I will! This morning I came across this great quote via FMTV from Dr. Ian Brighthope
A nurse named Jen Jen commented on it saying, “As a Nurse I can tell you that most people don’t WANT to hear about the “primary cause” of their disease. They KNOW why they have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, liver disease, etc. They don’t want to do anything different in their lifestyles. It’s much easier to just take a pill. It’s not JUST the fault of the medical profession. It’s the fault of the people much of the time as well.” Hear! Hear! Jen Jen! People want an easy fix, but god forbid that you suggest that they change their diet and lifestyle. Another woman named Debbie commented this on my page, “Whatever “it” might be, whether it’s sugar, fat, alcohol, cigarettes, etc., it’s literally “to DIE FOR!” And, that’s their choice. But for the rest of us, we need doctors who are knowledgeable about nutrition & a healthy lifestyle without pharmaceuticals & all their nasty side effects!” Again, truth be told! Your health is really in your own hands and once you realize this then you can start making some serious positive changes! This does not mean that you shouldn’t consult with your doctor, but if he’s clueless in regards to diet and health…then perhaps it is wise to seek the information somewhere else. A friend told me that one of her colleagues is 250 pounds, but her doctor tells her that she is “just right!” AHEM, seriously! 250 pounds is considered “normal”! Wow! Something is seriously amiss here! I will end with this brilliant quote from Dr. Charlotte Gerson.
Feel free to leave me a note with your thoughts on these matters.
What healthy changes are you currently making?
What would you like to change?
How can I support you in making these changes?
Have you been reading the news lately? Well, finally some major studies have been coming out in regards to dairy consumption. It won’t be long before the whole system cracks and most people will have to face the hard reality, that dairy does No Body No Good…nor was it ever meant for us to consume in any way shape or form!
Listen to this from PCRM (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine), “High cow’s milk intake is associated with increased risk for bone fractures and death, according to a new study in the British Medical Journal. Researchers followed 61,433 women and 45,339 men for more than 20 years and 11 years, respectively. Among women, those who consumed three or more glasses of milk per day had a 60 percent increased risk for developing a hip fracture and a 16 percent increased risk for developing any bone fracture. These results are similar to previous studies showing no protective effect of increased milk consumption on fracture risk.
Additionally among women, for each glass of milk consumed, risk of dying from all causes increased by 15 percent, from heart disease by 15 percent, and from cancer by 7 percent. For the women who consumed three or more glasses of milk per day, compared with less than one glass, risk of dying increased by 93 percent. Men had a 10 percent increased risk of dying when consuming three or more glasses of milk per day, compared with less than one glass.”
I have said it before and will say it again, if you have a cancer cell looking for action and you pour on dairy – the growth is explosive in just a matter of a few weeks! Having lost my close friend to breast cancer, I believe that dairy was part of the problem during her second bout with it. However, I didn’t know this at the time and neither did she. Her doctor didn’t either! Most of them aren’t going to tell you because this is not what they’re in the business to do! It’s not because they’re necessarily a bad physicians, but simply because they were never taught nutrition nor are most doctors into preventative medicine. Casein is, by the way, the main protein in cows milk, making up about 80% of it. Today I saw a man sitting in his car guzzling milk from a jug just like this guy. I was itching to knock on his window and give him “the talk”, but I refrained! However, the other day when I was at the grocery store and was passing the frozen foods isle,
I saw a guy loading his cart with Tillamook Ice cream. I just couldn’t help myself! I showed the guy the non-dairy options and talked to him about the ill effects of dairy. His name was Mike. He’s a father of a three-year-old and has a wife! I said, “Look, Mike, the statistics are grim enough as they are! You want to be around for your child, right? Well, It’s time to ditch the dairy!” Funny, I’m an excellent sales person, but when it comes to THIS, I am really bad for sales, unless it’s of course, non-dairy milk! Well, it’s not just me spewing stuff all over the page to give milk a bad wrap. Another study also came out from Uppsala University in Sweden which suggested “that consuming more milk could actually be associated with higher mortality and bone fractures in women and higher mortality in men.” I have provided a link to the article, from the Washington Post, at the bottom of this page.