Friday, September 28, 2012

Animal foods are the wrong food for humans.

That is a statement from John McDougall, MD's latest book The Starch Solution: http://peopleforplants.blogspot.com/2012_05_01_archive.html (Scroll down) From page 38: "Every day I witness serious diseases that stem from eating animal foods, including heart attacks, strokes, type 2 diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis, and cancer. All animal foods cause illness when consumed in amounts typically found in the Western diet. Why? Primarily because they are the wrong food for humans."

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Cuke Skywalker and Darth Tater...

This is funny!: http://www.therealfoodchannel.com/videos/inspiration/store-wars.html "Search your peelings Cuke..., Don't turn to the dark side of the farm..."

Saturday, September 22, 2012

The U.S. Preventive Task Force recommends against PSA-based screening for prostate cancer. Grade: D

From a listing on the U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services website, or more specifically: http://www.healthcare.gov/law/resources/regulations/prevention/taskforce.html From the US Preventive Services Task Force: The Task Force reviewed research studies on the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening test for prostate cancer. It concluded that the expected harms of PSA screening are greater than the potential benefit. The fact sheet explains the Task Force recommendation and what it might mean for you: http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/prostatecancerscreening/prostatecancerfact.pdf In conclusion, the science shows that more men will be harmed by PSA screening than will benefit. The expected harms are greater than the small potential benefit. The USPSTF is an independent panel of non-Federal experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine and is composed of primary care providers (such as internists, pediatricians, family physicians, gynecologists/obstetricians, nurses, and health behavior specialists). To see who are members of the Task Force: http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/members.htm *Editor's comment: I do find it interesting that this Task Force still advises women over 40 to get mammograms: (scroll down when you get to the following link) http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/uspsabrecs.htm "The USPSTF recommends screening mammography for women, with or without clinical breast examination, every 1-2 years for women aged 40 and older. September 2002." However as you can see this recommendation was made back in 2002. Dr. John McDougall recently has recommended that women should not get mammograms: http://greg-foodforthought.blogspot.com/2012/08/women-do-not-get-mammogram.html

Friday, September 21, 2012

It is hard to eat and drink healthy, but it can be done.

Healthy eating is certainly not for everyone. For most it is too difficult to rid unhealthy food addictions. Temporary taste satisfaction is more important than thinking of health for the long term. I grew up eating all kinds of animal foods, plus sugary, salty, oily junk foods as well. These unhealthy addictions are not easy to give up. Babies/children raised on healthy food and drink alone have a great chance for long term health. But that does not mean adults who've been raised on unhealthy food cannot make the switch. Some people like myself are forced to eat healthy because of illness. I have Crohns Disease (which by the way comes from drinking cow's milk/eating dairy products). I took the doctor's pills for 2 years after the initial diagnosis. Then I learned what is healthy and what is not, changed to a healthy diet, and was able to stop taking all pills. If I continue to eat healthy there is no need to take any pills whatsoever for Crohns. (The only "pill" doctors in the know recommend is a B-12 supplement- for insurance purposes. I personally don't take one because I eat food right out of my garden.) The first step to a healthy way of eating is education- understanding what is healthy and what is not. That is what this blog is all about. Once you are armed with nutrition education, you can begin to choose to take out unhealthy choices. Some take out one thing at a time, some go cold turkey (or cold Tofurkey- a vegan meat alternative) and plunge right into a completely healthy lifestyle. To understand what is healthy and what is not, the best advice I can give you is to read John McDougall's wonderful new book: http://peopleforplants.blogspot.com/2012_05_01_archive.html

Thursday, September 20, 2012

More prostate info

Some prostates are larger than others. From Dr. Greger- more reasons to eat a healthy plant based, starch based diet: http://nutritionfacts.org/video/some-prostates-are-larger-than-others/?utm_source=NutritionFacts.org&utm_campaign=addc451a7b-RSS_VIDEO_DAILY&utm_medium=email

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

MSG is poison!

People ask me why I ask for no MSG in my food when I order at Chinese restaurants/other restaurants. Here is the reason in this 24 minute video from the Real Food Channel: http://www.therealfoodchannel.com/videos/dangerous-foods/msg.html

Robert Atkins, the antithesis of the truth.

Here are direct quotes from the following video from Dr. John McDougall: "His ideas are what I consider evil." and "Robert Atkins, your diet is killing people." Here is the 54 minute video: http://www.drmcdougall.com/video/diet_wars.htm

The food you eat and its relation to cancer!

Here's a short video re the rich American diet and how it relates to cancer: http://drmcdougall.com/video/mcdougalls_moments_dietary_treatment_of_cancer.html If you truly want the skivvy, read: http://peopleforplants.blogspot.com/2012_05_01_archive.html

Thursday, September 13, 2012

The ongoing PSA/mammogram debate.

I have talked to many people re the debate on whether or not to get a PSA test or mammogram. First of all, I am certainly no expert on cancer, but I do believe that as a patient I would want to be informed of all risks before I agree to a PSA test, and for women mammograms. I am only a reporter. "Don't shoot the messenger" as the saying goes. On 8/12/12 I posted a report about many health organizations and Dr. John McDougall being against PSA testing: http://greg-foodforthought.blogspot.com/2012/08/american-cancer-society-says-no-to-psa.html And on mammograms: http://greg-foodforthought.blogspot.com/2012/08/women-do-not-get-mammogram.html First of all, I completely trust Mr. McDougall, and wanted to put the entries on my blog as soon as I received the info. He would never subscribe to the information on PSA tests or mammograms unless he felt it was solidly based on science and fact. And it is not just John McDougall and many like-minded doctors advising against PSA and mammogram testing. Medical organizations against are listed towards the end of this entry, including The American Cancer Institute. The purpose of this blog is to share information with people which I think is important. It's up to all readers to do your own research and come to your own conclusions. Here is what other bloggers have told me: "You should read at least parts of Dr. Gilbert Welch's book. Here is my review (and recommendation) of it: http://www.anti-itisdiet.blogspot.com/2011/03/bkrev-over-diagnosed-by-dr-h-gilbert.html" Another person said "Those interested in this debate should read two of Dr. Welch's books: Should I Be Tested for Cancer?: Maybe Not and Here's Why by H. Gilbert Welch, and Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick in the Pursuit of Health by H. Gilbert Welch, Lisa Schwartz and Steve Woloshin." And another person said "I think the most resistant people to these ideas are those who have had surgery for cancer - no one wants to find out or admit that maybe they had surgery for no good reason - all the money, pain, trauma and fears - after all it must have been worthwhile. They must have suffered to gain something? I know I would be extremely angry if that had happened to me. The problem with cancer is there are very aggressive kinds that will kill and others which are called "indolent" which will not kill you - you will die from something else and in the best scenario you won't even know you had prostate cancer. The problem is our current testing doesn't distinguish between these two - so many people have indolent cancer treated aggressively - and some of those people have even died from that treatment. The crux of the problem is that more people are injured from treating indolent cancers than are saved from aggressive cancers. These screening tests often pick up indolent cancers, and can miss the aggressive ones - the very cancers we want to treat. Until medicine can discriminate, we're safer not having screening. In the ideal world, screening would detect only aggressive cancer. I also know that many of these people who claim "survival" of cancer had indolent cancers that wouldn't have interfered with their living if it had never been found. They are mixed in with people who have had the truly aggressive cancers - so when you hear statistics about various treatments for cancer - well, you have to wonder what are the statistics if you could separate out the patients with aggressive cancer who really need medical intervention? Probably those results are really dismal. I don't think oncologists want to think about such grim realities." And I've heard arguments on the other side of the fence, those who trust conventional medicine, those who believe that PSA testing and mammograms are a good thing. Again, it is up to you to do your own research and decide what is best for you. For me, I trust Dr. McDougall and the many like minded doctors, plus the American Cancer Society, the American College of Preventive Medicine, American College of Physicians, U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, National Cancer Institute (U.S.), British Columbia Office of Technology Assessment, United Kingdom National Health Services, Canadian Cancer Society, Canadian Urological Association, Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care, World Health Organization, European Union Advisory Committee on Cancer Prevention, European Association of Urology, Cancer Council of Australia, Swedish Council for Technology Assessment in Health Care, and National Health Committee, New Zealand all advise against PSA testing. These organizations suggest that men should be aware of the risks of PSA tests before they make a decision to have one done or not, and for women they should know the risks for mammograms. Furthermore, I am thoroughly convinced that the best way to prevent (or in some cases heal) cancer and many other diseases is to follow an optimum diet that is starch-based/plant based, low in fat (especially low in animal fat), low in sugar, low in salt, low in oil, little or no food from animals, and minimize or eliminate junk food and drink.

Are you kidding me?

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Please pass the antelope milk...

From a fellow blogger: "Let's really think about it. Why does anyone feel compelled to drink cow's milk? Why would anyone find it necessary to nurse on a cow three times a day? Why not an antelope? Would you be appalled if someone served you a glass of antelope milk to drink? Yuck. But maybe you'd gladly take that cow's milk, containing hormones, pesticides, pus, and any assortment of antibiotics, dioxins, bovine cancer cells- all kinds of bad stuff. There have been countless studies that show milk can have debilitating effects on a wide assortment of people. Kids can have unknown allergies to it. It may even be related to autism when the milk proteins (which humans aren't great at digesting) cross over into the bloodstream and mess with the nervous system. And the whole calcium thing. How does every other animal have strong bones? Drinking cow's milk? No. From the foods they eat. A cow gets its calcium from the grass and grains it eats. But most cows that are milked don't get to graze on grass. For the milk hungry world they are kept in small pens and milked numerous times a day. They are milked even if they are sick and standing in their own feces and urine. This statistic is shocking: 50 years ago (when cows could roam a bit on dairy farms), one cow would produce an average of 2000 lbs of milk a year. That average is now about 50,000 lbs! Is it by magic? No, by a cow penned up in a stall, hooked to a machine all day, and of course they have to give the cow lots of growth hormones and make the cow's body think it is pregnant. All that estrogen is floating in your milk now. Excess estrogen promotes breast and prostate cancer in humans. Mastitis caused by overmilking is common now in dairy farms, which means lots of pus gets into your milk, but don't worry the USDA limits the amount of pus, only 200 million pus cells (somatic cells) allowed in one liter of milk. Still, tests showed an average of 322 million pus cells in milk that people drink. Go ahead and look it up, not a joke. They even award the company that produces the least amount of pus in milk. Anyway, you can get your calcium from a much more natural source- from good ole vegetables. Also ask yourself why the USA has so many osteoporosis issues when we are one of the leading consumers of cow's milk? Countries that don't drink lots of milk are doing fine. There are some cultures where cow's milk doesn't exist to them, and they aren't hobbling around on broken bones. Bye bye milk."

Saturday, September 8, 2012

The dangers of a high protein diet

From Dr. John McDougall- Sickening Foods: The foods recommended for a high protein diet are mainly meat, eggs, and dairy products, which are high in cholesterol, fat, and animal protein; and deficient in dietary fiber, carbohydrate; and are often highly contaminated with chemicals and microbes; and have serious vitamin and mineral imbalances. "Nutrition and Health in the United States," published under the direction of Surgeon General C. Everett Koop MD in 1988 put to rest all controversy concerning whether or not diet is fundamental in the cause, prevention, and treatment of common diseases. "The Report's main conclusion is that overconsumption of certain dietary components is now a major concern for Americans. While many foods are involved, chief among them is the disproportionate consumption of foods high in fats, often at the expense of foods high in complex carbohydrates and fiber that may be more conducive to health." Similar recommendations to eat fewer animal products and more plants foods have been made by every other health organization, including the Senate Select Committee on Nutrition, American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, The Diabetic Association, and the American Dietetic Association. They all believe, to one degree or another, that the chronic illnesses plaguing modern Western society are caused by an unhealthy diet and lifestyle, and that improved health comes from eating fewer animal products and a more plant food-based diet. The diseases believed to be caused by meats, eggs, and dairy products include most cases of: obesity, heart diseases, adult diabetes, breast, colon, and prostate cancer, gallbladder disease, osteoporosis, kidney failure, kidney stones, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, constipation, diverticulosis, hemorrhoids, and hiatal hernia to name a few well studied diseases. You don't have to be a trained nutritionist to see the risk of becoming sick increases the more of these unhealthy foods that are eaten--like with high-protein diets.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Are energy drinks bad for you?

Yes. They are very, very bad. (5 minute shocking video news report) http://www.therealfoodchannel.com/videos/children-and-nutrition/energy-drinks.html

Monday, September 3, 2012

Is exercise more important than what you eat?

When asked whether food and beverage consumption or physical activity was more important, the majority of people get the answer wrong. (2 minute video) http://nutritionfacts.org/video/diet-or-exercise-whats-more-important-for-weight-loss/?utm_source=NutritionFacts.org&utm_campaign=1a7910ed4f-RSS_VIDEO_DAILY&utm_medium=email