Friday, September 30, 2011
Written by blog editor Peter
The podcast below is about a plant based diet presented by Jonathan Safran Foer, the author of "Eating Animals" was broadcast on Australia's ABC national radio. Foer is part of the Festival of Dangerous Ideas taking place this weekend.
Who would have thought that going vegetarian is a dangerous idea?
Many Americans and Australians are so wedded to the consumption of meat and animal products that they do indeed regard eating a starch based, plant based diet as heresy.
I used to think like this. When I was in my late teens, relatives who we hadn't seen for while stayed with us for a few days. They told us that following a plant based diet was healthy, and that consuming too much meat was unhealthy.
I thought they were cranks! In fact I had grown up with what most people in industrialized western countries thought was essential- getting plenty of protein via meat and animal products.
Fortunately a few years later as I began to study nutrition I became vegetarian, and then two years after that vegan. It's one of the best decisions I ever made. Do I feel I'm missing out? In fact the contrary is true. I have no desire to eat any animal products as the plant options as so vast. As I've explored the vast array of plant foods that are available in western countries I've never enjoyed food as much, with the added side-effect of maintaining excellent health.
And by the way, there is a big proten myth:
http://greg-foodforthought.blogspot.com/2011/06/ten-dangerous-nutritional-myths.html Scroll down.
Foer doesn't say that you should give up meat but that you should reduce your consumption, and increase the quantity of plants you consume for your health, for the environment, and to decrease the overall number of animals used for food that are raised in poor conditions. Less meat and more plants.
Now that's not too dangerous or scary is it?
Posted by Greg at 2:03 AM
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
This is the shocking story of a medical doctor/Ph.D. biochemist who has discovered the genetic mechanism that can cure most human cancers, but is being blocked by the FDA because of all the money they'll lose not being able to sell their ineffective drugs and treatments.
The video lasts 1 hour and 48 minutes. It is a must see for everyone. The film exposes the powerful, unscrupulous forces that work to maintain the status quo of the medical- and pharmaceutical industry at any cost—including the lives of millions of people.
Scroll down for the video. Even though the headline states the video is only available through June 20 it is still available for viewing for free. Depending on your internet speed, it will take awhile to download. Hang in there- it will play.
When the movie starts, the opening states the video is only available from June 11-13, but again, let it keep playing. The video will play in its entirety.
Find out more or purchase the film on DVD for $13.99 at:
Posted by Greg at 2:11 AM
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Do you have the courage to watch this video on the truth about milk and dairy products presented by Joseph Keon, Ph.D.?
Dairy: Essential Nutrition or Health Saboteur?
Dr. Keon's talk begins about 4 minutes into this 54 minute video.
About 41 1/2 minutes into the video he says: "We don't need the milk of any other species at any time of our lives. The best thing we can do is turn our back on the dairy bandwagon. We can adopt a plant strong diet where all the nutrients are to support bone health, and make sure to exercise/be active."
We sincerely hope you take the time to watch this video in its entirety, and discover the real truth about milk and its hazards to human health.
Dr. Keon's new book can be found on his website:
(Link supplied by Peter)
Posted by Greg at 3:01 AM
Sunday, September 18, 2011
The good news is, you have a choice.
It is estimated that about 95% of the people in the United States do not understand which foods are healthy, and which are not. Many will contract a diet related disease such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes II, obesity- there are many more. I'm here to tell you that you do have a choice. You can prevent or heal many diseases with a diet of nutritional excellence. I absolutely love the food I eat now. I do not feel deprived. Why would I feel deprived of food and drink that promotes disease?
Since I've turned to a healthy diet of plants- vegetables, fruits, beans/legumes, seeds, nuts, and whole grains, my senses of taste and smell have heightened.
I avoid processed sugar/concentrated sweeteners, salt, and oil whenever I can. My tastes buds are so sensitive and healthy now. The only way to experience what I am talking about is to try this lifestyle.
The first thing you must do is educate yourself, that is key. See the book recommendations in the Welcome entry: http://peopleforplants.blogspot.com/2011/09/welcome-to-people-for-plants_28.html
You must have an open mind to unconventional wisdom, because if you don't, you'll more than likely join the conventional who will contract a diet related disease. Pain and pills may be in your future. And by the way, pills never heal disease. It's like putting a band-aid on a cut that never heals, not to mention the side effects and expense.
And remember, you do have a choice. I hope when you're older, you don't regret what you chose to eat and drink.
*A reader's response to this entry: "Yes, we DO have a choice, thank goodness! What amazed me initially and still amazes me is how EASY this choice has been. People on the other path are always asking (with sympathy or derision) "Isn't it HARD to eat that way?" But the truth is, it was never all that difficult to choose plant-and-starch-based eating, and it gets easier with each passing day. This way of eating gets inside your head. Foods that I craved before have become unappealing. I expected the physical changes of better health. I did not expect the emotional changes of peacefulness and joy."
Posted by Greg at 3:06 AM
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
According to Joel Fuhrman MD the two most dangerous foods for people are cheese and butter. These foods contain high levels of uhealthy fats and cholesterol, which clog arteries, promote heart disease, obesity, and more.
There is only cholesterol in food from animals. There is no cholesterol in plant foods.
There is no fiber in food from animals, only in plant foods.
Read Dr. Fuhrman's nutritional primer Eat To Live, or any of his books. drfuhrman.com
Posted by Greg at 2:48 AM
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Let's say you've taken the same road to work for years. You're used to that road. Then at the office you hear from a co-worker there's a different road that is better. Without even checking out the new road, you continue to take the same route you've taken for years- even though you've heard the new road is shorter, more scenic, and will save you money. Old habits are hard to break.
The jury is in: There's a new and better road to the best health: based on science and logic, a plant based diet is healthiest. If one is to make the switch, a change in perspective is needed. If someone has grown up their whole lives eating meat/food from animals, it may be very difficult to make the change. Even though very intelligent people have been presented with the scientific information and proof that a plant based diet is healthiest, they still refuse to make the change- because they refuse to change their perspective. It may have to do with cognitive dissonance. http://greg-foodforthought.blogspot.com/ It may have to do with stubborness. It may have to do with the fact that food from animals is addictive- they contain mild opiates.
Only when someone accepts the facts that a plant based diet is healthiest for people, healthiest for the earth, and healthiest for animals will they begin to think about changing their perspective.
Those that do, experience a whole new world- incredible new tastes, better health, more energy, and most importantly of all- a new and invigorating sense of spirituality and well being.
Posted by Greg at 4:25 AM
Thursday, September 8, 2011
The key to excellent health is in plants.
Turn the key and open the door into the wonderful, healthy world of plant foods.
Posted by Greg at 6:46 AM
"What if the world’s leaders got together and with the help of Sanjay Gupta, Bill Clinton, Colin Campbell, and a few other prominent and credible experts- came to the obvious conclusion that human beings should no longer be eating animals or their products?
What if they suddenly realized that our consumption of those 60 billion animals a year is destroying our health, our environment, or our continued ability to feed the world?
What if they connected all the dots and came to the unanimous, and obvious, conclusion that the way we are feeding ourselves is not only insane, but it is completely unsustainable for very much longer?
Then what if they came up with a transition plan to steadily decrease our consumption of animal-based calories from where it is today to ZERO over the next twenty years?"
A sharp increase of more plant calories in our Western diets would do some wonderful things for the big three global problems we’re facing: world hunger, the energy crisis and the availability of water.
So if the above "what ifs" were met, human health would benefit, earth health would benefit, and the health of animals would benefit.
Posted by Greg at 6:15 AM
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
"We’ve known for almost 20 years that compared to long-time vegetarians, those eating meat (including poultry and fish) appear to have three times the risk of developing dementia. Since studies show “even moderately elevated cholesterol increased dementia risk,” the cognitive impairment more often seen in those eating meat may be due to atherosclerotic plaque building in the brain’s blood vessels, which can cause micro-infarctions or “ministrokes” that can kill off little parts of the brain the way clogged coronary arteries can kill off parts of the heart during a heart attack."
Michael Greger, MD
* There is only cholesterol in food from animals. There is no cholersterol in plant foods.
Posted by Greg at 7:00 AM