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Hospital Feeds Cancer Patient Animal Based Meals and Processed Foods

19 Sep

Free Drinks for family or friends at the Hospital in the Surgical Waiting Room

What’s Wrong with Animal Based Foods and Processed Foods?

If you’ve watched the recent documentary Forks Over Knives, which is now available in DVD or on Amazon Instant Video or on Netflix, the message from highly respected and reputed doctors (Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. John McDougall, Dr. Pam Popper, Dr. Dough Lisle, Dr. Terry Mason, Dr. Neal Barnard and Drs. Matthew Lederman and Alona Pulde) is clear and simple:

  • the quantity of animal based foods and processed foods consumption is directly correlated to degenerative diseases, especially heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity and even erectile disfunction.
  • animal protein has shown that its addition into the diet alone can turn on and off cancer.
  • a whole foods plant based diet has the power to cure many diseases.
  • a whole foods plant based diet has the power to prevent many diseases.

Hospital Serves Cancer Patient Animal Based Meals and Processed Foods

Would you give an alcoholic a bottle of wine?  Would you temp someone who just quit smoking with a cigarette?  Then why do hospitals serve Cancer patients, and other patients who are struggling with health and possibly life itself, processed foods and animal products – the very foods that cause disease in the first place?

Last week, someone very close to my heart had a lung operation to remove cancer cells.  While I was undoubtedly saddened by the news, I was appalled at what kind of food was served to her at the hospital.  And this was in a very well known and respected hospital!

Her very first and subsequent drink offers at the hospital:

  • ginger ale with high fructose corn syrup with loads of ice
  • cranberry juice from a plastic tub (the kind that makes the juice taste like plastic)
  • apple juice concentrate from Argentina and China.

She also noted that she had quite a difficult time getting the nurses to give her just plain water without ice.

Her very first meal was breakfast:

  • oatmeal (the healthiest choice on the tray)
  • French toast
  • 2 pieces of greasy bacon (after surgery? really?) and 
  • canned fruit.


  • turkey and gravy
  • mashed potatoes (with butter?),
  • green beans and grapes (at least!).


  • beef stew and
  • broccoli (another at least!).

Snacks: Family and friends were offered ice cream, which was full of  artificial ingredients except for the first ingredient, milk.

The total ignorance in choices offered by the hospital’s food service is appalling but not really surprising.  I remind myself, this is probably how many people eat.  This is considered normal food.  But it is wrong on so many levels.

What To Do To Change What Hospitals Feed Patients?

While many of us are unable to make drastic changes to hospital food services, we can make our choices known!

For family and friends of patients, bring better options for your loved ones:

  • filtered water
  • raw healthy juices
  • fruits and
  • easily digested vegetables (i.e. pureed soups).

For patients: ask the hospital staff if they have Vegan options.

A Link Between Allergies and Other Health Disorders (including Cancer)

6 Sep

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month so the disease is much on my mind.  In my recent research, I was amazed to discover that Mast Cells in Allergic Reactions are linked to Cancer and their manipulation is now being looked into as a possible treatment for Cancer.

My then 1 year old son’s eczema on a MILD day.

To Feed or Not To Feed My Son with Allergens?

While I believe feeding allergens to my son is toxic for his body, many people believe just the opposite.  The most common response I have received is: “You need to expose him to what he is allergic to so that his body gets used to it.  He needs to build up a defense to bad food!” 

Really?  And subject my son to terrible eczema day and night?  I don’t think so! If my son’s body exhibits a negative exterior response due to an allergen, can you just imagine the interior damage to his body?

Mast Cells Link Allergies to Health Disorders

Recently, I skimmed through Robyn O’Brien’s book The Unhealthy Truth: How Our Food Is Making Is Sick and What We Can Do About It.  In a section entitled “The Cancer Connection,”  she explains how allergies are linked to other health disorders, including cancer, through the presence of mast cells.

When a protein is identified as a “toxic invader,” the allergic body produces immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies, which attach themselves to mast cells and produce cytokines and histamines against these “toxic invaders.”  At the same time, these mast cells cause allergic symptoms like runny or stuffy nose, breathing difficulties and inflammation in the body.  O’Brien states “Many doctors also believe [this] inflammation contributes to other disorders, including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.”

The Resources

As I dig a little deeper, I find even more reasons (and scientific proof!) NOT to feed my son foods to which he is allergic!

1. The Critical Role of Mast Cells in Allergy and Inflammation which shows that the presence of mast cells due to allergic and anaphylactic reactions cause a variety of inflammatory diseases affecting the heart, joints, lungs and skin including:

  • Asthma Bronchonstriction – pulmonary inflammation
  • Atopic dermatitis – Skin vasodilation, T-cell recruitment, inflammation, itching
  • Coronary artery disease – Coronary inflammation, myocardial ischemia
  • Chronic prostatitis – Prostate inflammation
  • Chronic rhinitis – Nasal inflammation
  • Fibromyalgia – Muscle inflammation, pain
  • Interstitial cystitis – Bladder mucosal damage, inflammation, pain
  • Migraine Meningeal – vasodilation, inflammation, pain
  • Multiple sclerosis – Increased blood–brain barrier permeability, brain inflammation, Demyelination
  • Neurofibromatosis – Skin nerve growth, fibrosis
  • Osteoarthritis – Articular erosion, inflammation, pain
  • Rheumatoid arthritis – Joint inflammation, cartilage erosion

2. A few studies or reviews that link the presence of Mast Cells with

3. The Multifaceted Role of Mast Cells in Cancer which discusses and cites medical studies on how certain cancers proliferate due to the presence of mast cells. There is a theory that cancer is actually “a chronic allergic reaction mediated by mast cells.”  Tumor development or disease progression were linked to an increase in mast cell numbers in these cancers:

  • Rectal cancer
  • Melanoma
  • Squamous cell carcinoma of mouth and lip
  • NSCLC adenocarcinomas (studies are contradictory)
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Follicular lymphoma (but not with diffuse B-cell lymphoma)
  • Endometrial Cancer
  • Gastric Cancer
  • Thyroid Cancer

Unfortunately, simple is not always easy.  There are also studies that show that the presence of mast cells improves the survival of patients with breast, prostate and ovarian cancer – but these studies are in the minority.

Robyn O’Brien’s Patriotism on a Plate

5 Jun

As I watch Robyn O’Brien, I am impressed by her work, how many people she’s reaching out to and how many diets she may be changing for the better.  Listen to her TED video full of real facts and figures about what’s happening to the American Plate.  These are all the reasons to Un-Process Our Children’s Food!

How Food can Protect our Families from Radiation Exposure

29 Mar


Idea go /

I have worried about my friends who live in Japan.  Yet at the same time, in the midst of the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe, I am inspired and awed by the great peace, power of community and strength of the Japanese people.

Today, trace levels of radiation from the explosion at Fukushima are now in Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Massachusetts, Nevada and other Western states. Despite the low levels found, the risk of radiation exposure hits home. Although we are exposed to significant amounts of radiation already in our daily lives (cell phone towers, microwaves, X-rays, CT scans, yes even cigarette smoking), the low levels of radioactive material leaking out from a nuclear plant on the other side of the earth makes it seem more significant.

What radioactive material should we be looking out for?

The byproducts of the recent nuclear explosion are Iodine-131, strontium-90 and cesium-137. Iodine-131 travels best (therefore the first material to be found in the US), but after 80 days, only less than 0.1% will remain.  Cesium-137 can travel too, but once it falls on the ground, it will stay there for 300 years with only 0.1% remaining.


Why should we be concerned?

Because these radioactive materials can enter our bodies through ingesting, absorption through the skin or inhalation.  Moreover, they have been shown to cause different types of cancer.


What can Mamas do to protect their families?

Before going out to buy Potassium Iodide, Mamas can simply use Raw Food to:

1. protect our family’s bodies by filling up our cells with good minerals  and thereby keeping radioactive materials out, and

2. detoxify in order to get rid of any radioactive materials already present.

How can we use Raw Food to protect our families from radiation exposure?

From Gabriel Cousens’ A Comprehensive Holistic Approach to the Plague of Radiation and What To Do:


1. Serve up foods that protect the body from radiation exposure:


Iodine (found in kelp and strawberries)



thyroid and gonads




Potassium (found in chard, crimini mushrooms and spinach)



muscles, kidneys, liver, and reproductive organs




Calcium (found in spinach, turnip greens, mustard greens and collard greens)






Other excellent foods that protect against radiation are:

– garlic, onion, ginseng

– echinacea, rosemary

green tea – 20 cups gives 97% more protection against radiation

chlorophyll-rich foods: cabbage, leafy greens, spirulina (decreases side effects of radiation by 50%), wheatgrass, sprouts, blue green algae

beets can lessen cesium-137 absorption by 97-100%

bee pollen contains 15% lecithin which protects against all 3 radioactive materials: iodine-131, strontium-90 and cesium-137


2. Serve up foods that bind to radioactive material, turning them into harmless salts and then ridding the body of them:


Kelp family (kelp, arame, wakame, kombu, hijiki) contains sodium alginate





Green algae (chlorella)




Other excellent chelates:

apples, sunflowers seeds, miso, grains, beans, peas


3. Serve up alkalizing foods that are low in the food chain protect the body against radiation:

raw vegan foods because they have lower concentrations of radioactive materials:

avoid animal products because they contain up to 15 x (milk) and 30 x (beef) more radioactive materials

More Resources:

Nuclear Plants Near You (USA)


What is raw vegan food?

What are Raw Vegan ingredients?

What do Raw Vegans avoid?

Why It Is Important To Focus On Children’s Nutrition 4

1 Mar


As parents, we can agree that a child’s physical well-being is the most important factor in a child’s life and that a child cannot survive without food (Why It Is Important To Focus on Children’s Nutrition 1).  But we don’t want our children to merely survive, we want a healthy and disease-free future for them.

Based on the Pottenger Cat Study, we can conclude that food consumed directly affect long term health and the future health of generations in a family. Diets heavy on meats have shown to cause early deaths and degenerative diseases.

Is there a diet then that has the power to create healthy long lives?

In the Pottenger Cat Study, it is clear that the diet that prevented degenerative diseases in the cats was also the exact cure for the disease. Is it the same for humans?



Heart disease can be reversed with diet alone.

Breast cancer is related to levels of female hormones in the blood, which are determined by the foods we eat.

Consuming dairy foods can increase the risk of prostrate cancer.

Antioxidants, found in fruits and vegetables, are linked to better mental performance in old age.

Kidney stones can be prevented by a healthy diet.

Type 1 diabetes, one of the most devastating diseases that can befall a child, is convincingly linked to infant feeding practices.


Aflatoxin is a carcinogen and administered to 2 groups of rats, one group ate a diet composed of 20%  protein and the other group ate only 5%.  The evidence shows nutrition is powerful in fighting against cancer.

Protein % of Diet 20% 5%
Evidence of Liver Cancer 100% 0%

Author of The China Study, Dr. T. Colin Campbell, discovered further that “Casein, which makes up 87% of cow’s milk protein, promoted all stages of the cancer process. What type of protein did not promote cancer, even at high levels of intake? The safe proteins were from plants, including wheat and soy… people who ate the most animal-based foods got the most chronic disease. Even relatively small intakes of animal-based food were associated with adverse effects. People who ate the most plant-based foods were the healthiest and tended to avoid chronic disease… The findings are consistent.”


Increased risk of breast cancer for women who eat meat daily compared to less than once a week: 3.8 times

Increased risk of fatal ovarian cancer for women who eat eggs 3 or more times a week vs. less than once a week: 3 times

Increased risk of fatal prostate cancer for men who consume meat, cheese, eggs and milk daily vs. sparingly or not at all: 3.6 times.

Average U.S. man’s risk of death from heart attack: 50 percent

Risk of average U.S. man who eats no meat: 15 percent

Risk of average U.S. man who eats no meat, dairy or eggs: 4 percent

Amount you reduce risk of heart attack if you reduce consumption of meat, dairy products and eggs by 50 percent: 45 percent

Amount you reduce risk if you eliminate meat, dairy and eggs from your diet: 90 percent


Where: University Hospital in Linkoping, Sweden

Who: patients with severe bronchial asthma patients, who required cortisone or other medication

What: placed on a pure vegetarian diet, without any eggs or dairy products

Result after 1 year:

more than 90% of the patients who completed the project reported a major improvement in the severity and frequency of asthma attacks

medication dosages dropped an average of 50 to 90%

a number of the patients discontinued medication altogether


The Gerson Institute is an alternative, non-toxic treatment of cancer and other disease, using the Gerson Therapy using organic foods, juicing, coffee enemas, detoxification and natural supplements to activate the body’s ability to heal itself.

Western Medicine’s solution for Cancer (chemo, radiation, surgery, drug) results in less than 30% survival in 5 years.


Dr. Max Gerson’s Therapy  has a 50% cure rate with the TERMINALLY ILL!



1. decreasing meat, dairy and eggs in our diet lowers one’s risk for degenerative diseases, and

2. increasing plant foods in our diet can prevent and cure degenerative diseases.

Stay tuned for more on how food affects our immune system.

Food Matters

22 Aug

My husband and I watched Food Matters tonight.  I loved it because of the information. I loved it because my husband now wants to add Superfoods into our meals.  I loved it because I have an ally in my work to provide our family with a healthier diet.


Did you know:

– The Number 3 killer in America is Errors in Modern Medicine?  (#1 is heart disease, #2 cancer)
In the UK, 10,000 people die/year from drug side effects (compared to 3,500 from car accidents and 9,000 from prostate cancer).  In the US, 106,000 people die from prescribed drugs/year, not including overdose and misuse of the drugs.  That’s around 2.5 M people in 23 years.

– 25% of commercials on TV are about drugs

– Drug Industry makes $1/2 Trillion/year in the USA

– if you eat more than 51% cooked food, your body’s immune system sends a false alarm because it reacts to cooked foods as if they were a foreign organism

– less than 6% of graduating physicians in the USA spend time studying nutrition

– Western Medicine’s solution for Cancer (chemo, radiation, surgery, drug) results in less than 30% survival in 5 years.  Dr. Max Gerson’s Therapy of fresh vegetable juices and organic foods has a 50% cure rate with the TERMINALLY ILL!

Important Issues to Think About:

– how old is your food?
If 5 days old, you will have 40% of the nutrients of that freshly picked.  Imagine canned and processed foods.

– the problem is in our SOIL.
Fertilizers are composed usually of 3 minerals: Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium.  But the soil really needs 52 minerals, like iron.  Because the soil is deficient, our plants are weak and susceptible to disease, bugs, fungus and die.  The solution is often pesticides and fungicides.

– Conventional Food is therefore DEFICIENT and TOXIC.  Even commercial vegetarian food.

– COOKING destroys enzymes needed for digestion.  Even LIGHTLY STEAMED vegetables are recognized by the body as foreign objects because the cooking has changed its natural food structure.

– You cannot heal the body selectively.  You cannot treat just 1 of the illnesses.  All problems will disappear when the body heals properly.

– We need to boost health, not use a pill for every ill.  We need to change the root cause of the illness, not treat symptoms.

– We need to get toxins out of the cells first before nutrients can get into them.


Foods to note:

– super foods: like spirulina and cacao bean
– spirulina = 50% protein, has been consumed in Mexico for 5000 years, completely absorbable by cells
– cacao bean = could be highest food with anti-oxidant and mineral content: magnesium, chromium, iron, manganese, zinc, copper, vitamin C, which protects from DNA damage and cancer

– vitamins to prevent and treat illness:
– vitamin C to cure viral disease, the common cold, stress
– 30,000mg/day up to 200,000mg/day of vitamin C given in I.V. for 24 hours so that it enters directly into the blood stream KILLS CANCER with NO side effects such as nausea, just thirst and wooziness

– organic vegetarian diet and stress reduction arrests and reverses cardiovascular disease without surgery

– Niacin (3,000mg/day) has been proved to improve severe depression

– 2 handfuls of cashews has the same therapeutic effects of Prozac

How Living Foods Can Prevent and Treat Cancer

17 May

Of course there is the book I wrote with my yoga teacher: Yoga for Cancer.  But here is a recent interview with Dr. Brian Clement of the Hippocrates Institute.  He suggests fresh wheatgrass juice, greens, sprouts, minimizing fruits and sugars, a vegan diet, minimizing electromagnetic frequencies and heavy metals, exercising, going outside for sun and clean air and reading The China Study and Living Foods for Optimal Health.

Government Panel: Americans bombarded with Cancer Causes
Environmental Cancer Risk ‘Grossly Underestimated’
Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk – The Report

Cancer Policy for Everyone – Why is it important?

30 Mar

Did you know:

1 in 2 American Males and 1 in 3 American Females
will probably develop invasive cancer in their lifetime.
– American Cancer Society, Surveillance and Health Policy Research, 2009

I couldn’t believe it when I heard it.  1 in 2 men.  1 in 3 women. Get cancer. My disbelief was so much that I had to look up the statistic for myself.  I still cannot believe it.  With facts like this, I would have thought more people would be actively doing something about it.  The doctors tell us we need to exercise 5 days a week and eat more fruits and vegetables.  Are they any more specific than that?  Are people following this advice? And even if you do all you can to prevent it through exercise and diet, is there anything else we could do?

What happens when the thought of cancer hits home?  Full scale ‘war’ on the possibility of the ‘C’ word.

 Our son’s hospital socks turned into puppets

Last year, we were led to the CT scan room and after a quick explanation of the procedures, our son was sedated so quickly in my arms that I wasn’t prepared for it and we were asked to leave him with the unfamiliar doctors in the CT scan room.  The reality of what was happening hit me – or maybe the reality of the possibilities hit me.  And as my husband and I turned our back on the door, behind which our son lay asleep in the hands of strangers, my heart sank completely.  I felt an absolute loss of control and the tears that I held back for the previous 3 hours in a private hospital room just gushed out in a crowded corridor.  I just prayed the results would be normal. 

After a few nerve racking days, the results came back: NORMAL.  But I promised myself from then on that I would fight as hard as I could against any of those negative possibilities that raced through my head that day in the hospital. Knowing full well that there are risks to CT scans, I was going to prepare our son’s body (and at the same time my husband’s and mine) for whatever illness everybody else seems to be getting.  I was going to do it in the same way we approached his homebirth – like a marathon runner preparing for a race.

As life would have it, at around the same time, my yoga teacher was in the process of writing her book, Yoga For Cancer, with a huge part dedicated to the Curative Cancer Diet.  In a gist, the Curative Cancer Diet is a limited raw food diet: salads, sprouts and sweet fruits.  Acidifying foods are not allowed.  Any sweetener, fat and salt are also restricted in type and amount.  Because of this book, I was beginning to understand the power of RAW food and the importance of FRESH vegetables and fruit in our bodies.  As I read more on the subject of raw foods, I also found Gabriel Cousens’ books.  His work combines both the living foods diet and Ayurveda principles to create a very specific raw diet, which intrigued me.  
So, I began to think: if raw food is powerful enough to heal cancer cells, then would it not benefit as a preventative diet?  Yes! I decided on our new menu plan with my husband’s vote of confidence (it wouldn’t work otherwise):

For one, I had become largely raw vegan, which therefore changed most of our usual eating patterns.  There were much more fresh fruit and fresh vegetables at each meal.  And besides our usual unrefined, made-fresh-from-scratch everyday food, I started serving my husband and son raw green smoothies for breakfast, fresh fruits as snacks (raw applesauce is our favourite these days) and a salad a day (that they liked) along with their usual cooked vegetables.  There is no way my boys would turn vegetarian, so I tried to minimize the foods that contribute to the development of cancer in one’s body (The China Study): meat, poultry, dairy and eggs (also Mad Cowboy).  I added a little more fish instead and minimized any refined foods
.  We added more vegetarian foods (Food Revolution and Diet for a New America) and vegetables have become the main attraction of each meal – that is on days when I am an inspired cook. 

Results: Well, our son does love his fruits and artichokes with dip, broccoli with garlic, roasted cauliflower, baked sweet potato, fresh tomato salad, asparagus with dressing, Japanese salad with ginger dressing, raw kale salad…  That he has found a love for fruits and vegetables makes me feel we’ve done something right. 


We decided to get a Cancer Policy for our family (thank you Sherri for that recommendation!).  Children are free until they are married or in their mid-20’s.  Premiums don’t change from the day your policy starts.  And, basically it provides you with cash benefits during any potential cancer treatment.  Your medical insurance pays the hospital bills, but the cancer insurance pays for living expenses when you cannot work.  The most popular individual cancer policy is from Aflac.  I believe they were the first company to introduce this type of policy. 


My yoga teacher also recommends exercise, de-stressing and meditation.  As a family, we exercise a couple of times a week.  We love being one with nature: we go on nature walks, have lunch outdoors, play outdoors together.  We talk to each other every day.  We enjoy each other every day.  But most of all, we love each other every day.

With 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women getting cancer in their lifetime – it is worth having a REAL Cancer Policy. For us this means not only an insurance policy, but a more difficult and proactive policy – that of a preventative regime.   

The China Study

6 Oct

Despite its reputation for pies, BBQ pork, lard and fried foods,
the South is a great place for local and organic fresh produce!

The China Study diet is possible anywhere!

I was disappointed with the book called Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human and I now know why after reading The China Study (click here for book). A deeper discussion in Catching Fire about the unhealthiness of human beings today was missing. Such a discussion and more importantly proof that even if ‘cooking made us human’, what we eat today has led us to numerous diseases. In The China Study, we are introduced to, as the New York Times called, “the most comprehensive large study ever undertaken of the relationship between diet and the risk of developing disease”. In his book, Dr. T. Colin Campbell clearly states that certain foods cause certain diseases and he suggests a proper diet and nutrition for all.
Although I am a raw vegan, my family still wants to eat meat, poultry, dairy and eggs. Although I buy organic, grass-fed, no antibiotics/hormones, no rGBH, free range, etc… for them, according to The China Study this makes little difference as the animal-based proteins are the cause for many diseases. Furthermore, diseases like cancer can actually be turned off and on according to how much animal-based proteins one consumes! Not the only book out there, but certainly a relatively new book and with hefty credentials, The China Study gives me the scientific proof I need to work on my family’s diet and persuade them why there is a healthier way to eat. As Dr. Campbell quotes Hippocrates: There are, in effect, two things: to know and to believe one knows. To know is science. To believe one knows is ignorance. One would think everyone would prefer to know and act on what they know.
Did you know that half of Americans have health problems that require taking a prescription drug every week and that authors of a major review on diet and cancer, prepared for the U.S. congress in 1981, estimated that genetics only determines about 2 – 3% of the total cancer risk? WOW – anyway, read on please… this information is astounding.

Some excerpts from the book:
… you deserve to know that many of the common notions you have been told about food, health and disease are wrong:
– Synthetic chemicals in the environment and in your food, as problematic as they may be, are not the main cause of cancer.
– The genes that you inherit from your parents are not the most important factors in determining whether you fall prey to any of the ten leading causes of death.
– The hope that genetic research will eventually lead to drug cures for diseases ignores more powerful solutions that can be employed today.
– Obsessively controlling your intake of any one nutrient, such as carbohydrates, fat, cholesterol or omega-3 fats, will not result in long-term health.
– Vitamins and nutrient supplements do not give you long-term protection against disease.
– Drugs and surgery don’t cure the diseases that kill most Americans
– Your doctor probably does not know what you need to do to be the healthiest you can be.

There are over 750 references in this book, and the vast majority of them are primary sources of information, including hundreds of scientific publications from other researchers that point the way to less cancer, less heart disease, fewer strokes, less obesity, less diabetes, less autoimmune disease, less osteoporosis, less Alzheimer’s, less kidney stones and less blindness.
Some of the findings, published in the most reputable scientific journals, show that:
– Dietary change can enable diabetic patients to go off their medication.
– Heart disease can be reversed with diet alone.
– Breast cancer is related to levels of female hormones in the blood, which are determined by the foods we eat.
– Consuming dairy foods can increase the risk of prostrate cancer.
– Antioxidants, found in fruits and vegetables, are linked to better mental performance in old age.
– Kidney stones can be prevented by a healthy diet.
– Type 1 diabetes, one of the most devastating diseases that can befall
a child, is convincingly linked to infant feeding practices.
(Solutions to) these issues all come down to three things: breakfast, lunch and dinner.
It was widely thought that much of the childhood malnutrition in the world was caused by a lack of protein, especially from animal based foods. Universities and governments around the world were working to alleviate a perceived “protein gap” in the developing world.
… In this (Philippine) project, however, I uncovered a dark secret. Children who ate the highest-protein diets were the ones most likely to get liver cancer! They were the children of the wealthiest families.
I then noticed a research report from India… Indian researchers had studied two groups of rats. In one group, they administered the cancer-causing aflatoxin, then fed a diet that was composed of 20% protein, a level near what many of us consume in the West. In the other group, they administered the same amount of aflatoxin, but then fed a diet that was only composed of 5% protein. Incredibly, every single animal that consumed the 20% protein diet had evidence of liver cancer, and every single animal that consumed a 5% protein diet avoided liver cancer. It was a 100 to 0 score, leaving no doubt that nutrition trumped chemical carcinogens, even very potent carcinogens, in controlling cancer.
… I decided to start an in-depth laboratory program that would investigate the role of nutrition, especially protein, in the development of cancer… What we found was shocking. Low-protein diets inhibited the initiation of cancer by aflatoxin, regardless of how much of this carcinogen was administered to these animals. After cancer initiation was completed, low-protein diets also dramatically blocked subsequent cancer growth. In other words, the cancer-producing effects of this highly carcinogenic chemical were rendered insignificant by a low-protein diet. In fact, dietary protein proved to be so powerful in ts effect that we could turn on and turn off cancer growth simply by changing the level consumed.
…But that’s not all… What protein consistently and strongly promoted cancer? Casein, which makes up 87% of cow’s milk protein, promoted all stages of the cancer process. What type of protein did not promote cancer, even at high levels of intake? The safe proteins were from plants, including wheat and soy.
… people who ate the most animal-based foods got the most chronic disease. Even relatively small intakes of animal-based food were associated with adverse effects. People who ate the most plant-based foods were the healthiest and tended to avoid chronic disease… The findings are consistent.
So, what is my prescription for good health? In short, it is about the multiple health benefits of consuming plant-based foods, and the largely unappreciated health dangers of consuming animal-based foods, including all types of meat, dairy and eggs.
One of the more exciting benefits of good nutrition is the prevention of diseases that are thought to be due to genetic predisposition. WE now know that we can largely avoid these “genetic” diseases even though we may harbor the gene (or genes) that is (are) responsible for the disease.
… Furthermore, a pattern was beginning to emerge: nutrients from animal-based foods increased tumor development while nutrients from plant-based foods decreased tumor development.
…despite any short-term caloric restriction regimes we may follow, our body, through many mechanisms, will ultimately choose how many calories to take in and what to do with them. Our attempts to limit calorie intake is short-lived and imprecise, whether we do it by limiting carbohydrates or fat.
… But what if you want to become bigger? A desire to be as big as possible is pervasive in most cultures… Body size seems to be a mark of prowess, manliness and dominance.
Most people think they can be bigger and stronger by eating protein-rich animal-based foods. This belief stems from the idea that consuming protein (aka meat) is needed for physical power. This has been a common notion the world over for a long time… There is, however, a problem with the idea that consuming animal-based foods is a good way of becoming bigger. The people who eat the most animal protein have the most heart disease, cancer and diabetes… Furthermore, body weight, associated with animal protein intake, was associated with more cancer and more coronary heart disease. It seems that being bigger, and presumably better, comes with very high costs. But might it be possible for us to achieve our full growth potential, while simultaneously minimizing disease risk?
Childhood growth rates were not measured in the China Study but adult height and weight were. This information proved surprising. Consuming more protein was associated with greater body size (for men and women). However, this effect was primarily attributed to plant protein, because it makes up 90% of the total Chinese protein intake… But the good news is this: Greater plant protein intake was closely linked to greater height and body we
ight. Body growth is linked to protein in general and both animal and plant proteins were effective!
… So why is it that people in developing nations, who consume little or no animal-based foods, are consistently smaller than Western people? This is because…of… insufficient variety, inadequate quantity and quality and are associated with poor public health conditions…
So there is a solution to the weight-gain problem. But how can you apply it to your own life?
First of all, throw away ideas about counting calories… Secondly… feeling hungry is a sign that something is wrong, and prolonged hunger causes your body to slow the overall rate of metabolism in defense. Moreover, there are mechanisms in our bodies that naturally allow the right kind of plant-based foods to nourish us, without our having to think about every morsel of food we put in our mouths. It is a worry free way to eat. Give your body the right food and it will do the right thing… studies document the fact that vegetarians consume the same amount or even significantly more calories than their meat-eating counterparts, and yet are still slimmer.
A plant-based diet operates on calorie balance to keep body weight under control in two ways. First, it discharges calories as body heat instead of storing them as body fat… Second, a plant-based diet encourages more physical activity. And, as body weight goes down, it becomes easier to be physically active.
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Eating Right: Eight Principles of Food Health
#1 Nutrition represents the combined activities of countless food substances. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
#2 Vitamin supplements are not a panacea for good health. (Except daily B12 supplements for vegetarians and vitamin D for those who spend most time indoors or live in the northern climates.)
#3 There are virtually no nutrients in animal-based foods that are not better provided by plants.
#4 Genes do not determine disease on their own. Genes function only by being activated, or expressed, and nutrition plays a critical role in determining which gens, good and bad, are expressed.
#5 Nutrition can substantially control the adverse effects of noxious chemicals.
#6 The same nutrition that prevents disease in its early stages (before diagnosis) can also halt or reverse disease in its later stages (after diagnosis)
#7 Nutrition that is truly beneficial for one chronic disease will support health across the board.
#8 Good nutrition creates health in all areas of our existence. All parts are interconnected.
Eat All You Want (While Getting Lots of Variety) of Any Whole, Unrefined Plant-Based Food: FRUITS, VEGETABLES (including flowers, stems and leaves, roots, legumes, mushrooms, nuts) and WHOLE GRAINS.
Minimize: refined carbohydrates, added vegetable oils, fish.
Avoid: meat, poultry, dairy and eggs.

How Toxic Can Food Be?

3 Jun
Let Thy Food Be Thy Medicine,
And Medicine Thy Food.
– Hippocrates –

Having studied Ayurveda Nutrition, I am fully aware that foods we consume must be in the form our bodies readily accept them – organic, chemically free, non-genetically modified and REAL not powdered/boxed/bottled). If we consume too many boxed, powdered, bottled or ‘dead’ foods, our body turns these into toxins as our enzymes are not able to break them down and assimilate them into energy. Instead, they putrefy in the body, create toxins that fill our system and search for weak spots in our body. Once they find a weak organ, the toxins infiltrate cells there, which is how degenerative diseases begin. Once a symptom shows up, it is too late to reverse the destruction on the body.

Last year, I read a Wall Street Journal article that cattle were being fed factory ‘junk’ like Hersheys, cereal full of sugar, cookies, licorice, and tater tots as the price of corn rose. And as we all know, it is already unnatural for cows to eat corn, and now they were beginning to eat junk food too. Little did I know, there were other foreign matter in the feed (read below). Worst of all, people readily buy, prepare and feed toxin filled beef to themselves and their loved ones. This creates a bigger problem for human health – eating toxic meat that will only cause disease. It boggles my mind to think what FOOD has come to – our most basic need has been made so complicated.

Needless to say, we are looking forward to watching Food Inc. this sumer. What is the movie about? Click here for a summary.

While I struggle sometimes to come up with ingenious substitutes to cook and feed my beef loving husband and son, I have found more proof that I must try harder to introduce them to alternatives. I wish it were compulsory for this book to be read by everyone! Here are some eye-opening excerpts from The Food Revolution: How Your Diet Can Help Save Your Life and The World by John Robbins:

Studies indicate that vegetarians often have lower morbidity and mortality rates… Not only is mortality from coronary artery disease lower in vegetarians than in nonvegetarians, but vegetarian diets have also been successful in arresting coronary artery disease. Scientific data suggest positive relationships between a vegetarian diet and reduced risk for… obesity, coronary artery disease, hypertenstion, diabetes mellitus and some types of cancer. – American Dietic Association Position Paper on Vegetarian Diets

Drop in heart disease risk for every 1% decrease in blood cholesterol: 3-4%
Blood cholesterol levels of vegetarians compared to non-vegetarians: 14% lower
Risk of death from heart disease for vegetarians compared to nonvegetarians: 1/2
Blood cholesterol levels of vegans (vegetarians who eat no meat, eggs, or dairy products) compared to non-vegetarians: 35% lower

Vegetarians have the best diet; the have the lowest rates of coronary heart disease of any group in the country. – William Castelli

Intake of cholesterol for non-vegetarians: 300 – 500 mg/day
Intake of cholesterol for lacto-ovo vegetarians: 150 – 300 mg/day
Intake of cholesterol for vegans: 0 mg/day
Average cholesterol level in the US: 210
Average cholesterol level in US vegetarians: 161
Average cholesterol level in US vegans: 133

It is true that a small percentage of patients have a hereditary form of arteriosclerosis… but that only constitutes about 5 % of the cases. Most people (have develop heart disease) don’t realy have a hereditary disease. – Michael Debakey

25 yeasr ago, the region of the world with the worst heart disease problem was North Karelia, in Eastern Finland. Today, the region of the world with the fastest dropping rates of heart disease is the very same North Karelia. What happened? The area adopted a “get fit” program, based on reducing cholesterol and smoking through government-sponsored media campaigns, labeling meats and other foods as to their saturated fat and cholesterol levels, and converting farms that had been producing animal products to growing vitamin-rich fruits and vegetables. How much difference did it make? In the past 25 years, heart disease deaths in North Karelia have been reduced by an astonishing 65%.

Most common problem for which people go to doctors in the US: high blood pressure
Ideal blood pressure: 110/70 or less without medication
Average blood pressure of vegetarians: 112/69
Average blood pressure of non-vegetarians: 121/77
Incidence of high blood pressure in meat eaters compared to vegetarians: nearly triple
Incidence of very high blood pressure in meat eaters compared to vegetarians: 13 x higher
Patients with high blood pressure who achieve substantial improvement by switching to a vegetarian diet: 30 – 75%
What patients are typically told when prescribed medications for high blood pressure: You’ll probably need to take these for the rest of your life.
Patients with high blood pressure who are able to completely discontinue use of medications after adopting a low-sodium, low-fat, high-fiber vegetarian diet: 58%
Incidence of high blood pressure among senior citizens in US: more than 50%
Incidence of high blood pressure among senior citizens in countries eating traditional low-fat plant based diets: virtually none

Eating healthfully raises your odds of being well. It greatly reduces your risk of many diseases, and it opens the door to experiencing new levels of joy and passion and purpose in your body. But it can not guarantee that you won’t become ill….

Now some people scoff at vegetarians, but they have only 40% of our cancer rate. They outlive us. On average they outlive other men by about 6 years now. – William Castelli

Death rate from breast cancer in the US: 22.4/100,000
Death rate from breast cancer in Japan: 6.3/100,000
Death rate from breast cancer in China: 4.6/100,000
People in Japan and China eat more fruits and vegetables, les animal products, weigh less, drink less alcohol, and get more exercise than people in US.

Most common cause of cancer mortality worldwide: lung cancer
Impact of risk of lung cancer for people who frequently eat green, orange and yellow vegetables: 20 – 60 %
The vegetable with the strongest protective effect: carrot
Impact on risk of lung cancer among people who consume a lot of apples, bananas and grapes: 40%
Rate of lung cancer in British vegetarian men compared to the general British population: 27%
Rate of lung cancer in British vegetarian women compared to the general British population: 37%

A low-fat plant-based diet would not only lower the heart attack rate about 85%, but would lower the cancer rate 60%. – William Castelli

Most common cancer among American men: prostate cancer
Risk of prostate cancer for men who consume high amounts of dairy products: 70% increase
Risk of prostate cancer for men who consume soy milk daily: 70% reduction
Risk of prostate cancer for men with low blood levels of beta-carotene: 45% increase
Best sources of beta-carotene: carrots, sweet potatoes, yams
Risk of prostate cancer for men whose diet is abundant with lycopene-rich foods: 45% reduction
Best sources of lycopene: tomatoes
Amount of beta-
carotene and lycopene in meats, dairy products and eggs: none
Risk of prostate cancer for men whose intake of cruciferous vegetables is high: 41% reduction

If you step back and look at the data (on beef and cancer), the optimum amount of red meat you eat should be zero. – Walter Willett

Risk of colon cancer for women who eat red meat daily compared to those who eat it less than once a month: 250% greater
Risk of colon cancer for people who eat red meat once a week compared to those who abstain: 38% greater
Risk of colon cancer for people who eat poultry once a wek compared to those who abstain: 55% greater
Risk of colon cancer for people who eat poultry four times a week compared to those who abstain: 200 – 300 % greater
Risk of colon cancer for people who eat beans, peas or lentils at least 2x a week compared to people who avoid these foods: 50% lower
Impact on risk for colon cancer when diets are rich in the B vitamin folic acid: 75% lower

5 – 10 % of all cancers are caused by inherited genetic mutations. By contrast, 70 – 80% have been linked to (diet and other) behavioral factors. – Karen Emmons

The beef industry has contributed to more more deaths than all the wars of this century, all natural disasters, and all automobile accidents combined. If beef is your idea of ‘real food for real people’, you’d better live real close to a real good hospital. – Neal Barnard

Obesity rate among the US general population: 18%
Obesity rate among vegetarians: 6%
Obesity rate among vegans: 2%
Average weight of vegan adults compared to non-vegetarian adults: 10 – 20 pounds lighter
US children who are overweight or obese: 25%
US vegetarian children who are overweight or obese: 8%
US children who eat the recomended levels of fruits, vegetables and grains: 1%
US vegan children who eat the recommended levels of fruits, vegetables and grains: 50%

Fat ina Burger King Whopper: 40 g
Fat in a Double Whopper with cheese: 67 g
Fat in the average veggie burger found in US supermarkets and natural food stores: 3 grams

Atkins and other advocates of high-protein, high-fat, low-carbohydrate diets claim: high-protein diets improve all aspects of our lives
Scientific realtiy (published in the International Journal of Obesity Related Metabolic Disorders): High-protein diets impair mental functioning

Protein in human mother’s breast milk: 5% ( as % of total calories)
Human minimum protein requirement (according to WHO): 5% of total calories
US Recommended Dietary Allowance for adult protein intake: 10 % of total calories
WHO International Guidelines for optimum protein intake: 10-15% of calories

Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet. – Albert Einstein

Some people say, well, if a vegan diet is a healthful one, and if it’s in keeping with our natural relationship to the Earth, how com vitamin B12 , which is necessary for health, is only found in animal products? It’s a good question, and the answer is simple.
Animal products have vitamin B12 because animals ingest plants and/or drink water that are carrying the microorganisms that produce the vitamin. Vitamin B12 is constantly being produced throughout the environment by bacteria. If you were living in the wild, as your ancestors did, you’d almost certainly get plenty of B12 in the water you drank. Nowadays, though, it is usually not safe to drink from rivers, streams and ponds, as they are often contaminated, and most of us drink water that has been chlorinated. If you were living the way your ancestors did, you’d probably be ingesting B12 along with the bits of dirt in the little grooves of your carrots, and on the peels of potatoes and other foods that didn’t get absolutely clean. But today our soils have been sprayed with chemical fertilizers and pesticides, with the result that they are devoid of B12 that once was abundant.

Annual medical costs in the US directly attributable to smoking: $65 billion
Annual medical costs in the US directly attributable to meat consumption: $60-120 billion

Countries with the highest consumption of dairy products: Finland, Sweden, US, England
Countries with the highest rates of osteoporosis: Finland, Sweden, US, England
Calcium intake in rural China: 1/2 that of people in US
Bone fracture rate in rural China” 1/5 that of people in US
Foods that when eaten produce calcium loss through urinary excretion: animal protein, salt, coffee

Antibiotics allowed in US cow’s milk: 80
Antibiotics found in soy milk: none
Children with chronic constipation so intractable that it can’t be treated successfully by laxatives, who are cured by switching from cow’s milk to soy milk: 44%
Actual number of adults worldwide who do not drink milk: 65%

Food irradiation causes a host of unnatural and sometimes unidentifiable chemicals to be formed within the irradiated foods. Our ignorance about these foreign compounds makes it simply a fraud to tell the public that ‘we know’ irradiated foods would be safe to eat. It is dishonorable to trick people into buying irradiated foods. – John W. Gofman

The prevalence of E. Coli 015:H7 is very low. – National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
A report by the United States Department of Agriculture estimates that 89% of US beef ground into patties contains traces of the deadly E. Coli strain. -Reuters News Service

Antibiotics administered to people in US annually to treat diseases: 3 million pounds
Antibiotics administered to livestock in US annually for purposes other than treating disease: 24.6 million pounds

The infectious agent of Mad Cow disease remains infectious even after exposure for an hour to a temperature of 680 degrees – enough to melt lead – and can withstand antibiotics, boiling water, bleach, formaldehyde, and a variety of solvents, detergents, and enzymes known to destroy most know bacteria and viruses.

One of the best things modern animal agriculture has going for it is that most people… haven’t a clue how animals are raised and processed… If most urban meat-eaters were to visit an industrial broiler house, to see how the birds are raised, and could see the birds being ‘harvested’ and then being ‘processed’ in a poultry processing plant, some, perhaps many of them, would swear off eating chicken and perhaps all meat. – Peter R. Cheeke

Traditionally, it took a broiler 21 weeks to reach 4-pound market weight. But today, with the birds having been systemically bred for obesity, it takes only seven weeks for them to reach the same weight.

US pigs raised for meat: 90 million
US pigs raised in total confinement factories where they never see the light of day until being trucked to slaughter: 65 million
US pigs who have pneumonia at time of slaughter: 70%

Current FDA regulations allow dead pigs and dead horses to be rendered into cattle feed, along with dead poultry. The regulations not only allow cattle to be fed dead poultry, they allow poultry to be fed to dead cattle. Americans who spent more than six months in the UK during the 1980s are now forbidden to donate blood, in order to prevent the spread of BSE’s human variant. But cattle blood is still put into the feed given to
American cattle. – Eric Schlosser

Water required to produce 1 pound of California foods, according to Soil and Water specialists, University of California Agricultural Extension, working with livestock farm advisors:
1 pound of lettuce: 23 gallons
1 pound of tomatoes: 23 gallons
1 pound of potatoes: 24 gallons
1 pound of wheat: 25 gallons
1 pound of carrots: 33 gallons
1 pound of apples: 49 gallons
1 pound of chicken: 815 gallons
1 pound of pork: 1,630 gallons
1 pound of beef: 5, 214 gallons

American feed (for livestock) takes so much energy to grow that it might as well be a petroleum byproduct. – Worldwatch Institute

Livestock account for 15 to 20 % of (overall) global methane emissions. – Worldwatch Institute

Global warming has emerged as the most serious environmental threat of the 21st century… Only by taking action now can we insure that future generations will not be put at risk. – Letter to the president from 49 Nobl Prize winning scientists

Click here to read 1992 World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity

By doing nothing, we are choosing a world of pollution and extinctions, of widening chasms and deepening despair, a world where humanity moves ever farther from achieving its highest aspirations and ever nearer to living its darkest fears.
Our other choice is to actively engage with the living world. On this path we work responsibly and joyfully to make our lives, and our societies, into expressions of love for ourselves, for each other, and for the living Earth. In this direction we honor our longing to give our children, and all children, a world with clean air and water, with blue skies and abundant wildlife, with a stable climate and a healthy environment.

In a world where an estimated one in every six people goes hungry every day, the politics of meat consumption are increasingly heated, since meat production is an inefficient use of grain – the grain is used more efficiently when consumed directly by humans. Continued growth in meat output is dependent on feeding grains to animals, creating competition for grain between affluent meat eaters and the world’s poor. – Worldwatch Institute

Two thirds of agriculturally productive land in Central America is devoted to livestock production, yet the poor majority cannot afford the meat, which is eaten by the well-to-do or exported. – Frances Moore Lappe

Number of underfed and malnourished people in the world: 1.2 billion
Number of overfed and malnourished people in the world: 1.2 billion

US corn eaten by people: 2%
US corn eaten by livestock: 77%
US farmland producing vegetables: 4 million acres
US farmland producing hay for livestock: 56 million acres
US grain and cereals fed to livestock: 70%
Human beings who could be fed by the grain and soybeans eaten by US livestock: 1.4 billion
World’s population living in the US: 4%
World’s beef eaten in the US: 23%

Number of people whose food energy needs can be met by the food produced on 2.5 acres of land, if land is producing:
cabbage – 23 people
potatoes – 22 people
rice – 19 people
corn – 17 people
wheat – 15 people
chicken – 2 people
milk – 2 people
eggs – 1 person
beef – 1person

Grain needed to adequately feed every one of the people on the entire planet who die of hunger and hunger-caused disease annually: 12 million tons
Amount Americans would have to reduce their beef consumption to save 12 millions tons of grain: 10%

The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread. – Anatole France

It is increasingly obvious that environmentally sustainable solutions to world hunger can only emerge as people eat more plant foods and fewer animal products. To me it is deeply moving that the same food choices that give us the best chances to eliminate world hunger are also those that take the least toll on the environment, contribute the most to our long term health, are the safest, and are also far and away the most compassionate toward our fellow creatures.

Neither Monsanto nor any of the other genetic engineering companies appears to be developing genetically engineered crops that might solve global food shortage. Quite the opposite. – Rachel’s Environment and Health Weekly, 1999

You would never allow a new drug to be produced without a clear label, without knowing what company producted it, without knowing exactly where it was produced and even under what conditions, what batch it came from and so on. Genetically modified foods ought to be put in the same category as drugs because of their potential harm. They’re actually even more dangerous than drugs, because after all, we eat a lot more food during the course of our lifetime than we take drugs. Even if there are small effects, they can accumulate over years. And therefore people should have the right to say, ‘I’m not going to eat genetically modified food because I have no confidence that this is going to be safe for the whole of my lifetime. – Biologist Brian Goodwin

At present time in the US, the only sure way to avoid eating genetically engineered food is to eat organically grown food… But since it is not possible for most of us to eat only organic foods, the next best thing is to read labels carefully… Here’s what to watch out for…
– soybeans – most Genetically Modified crop
– corn – 2nd most GM crop
– canola oil -except organic canola oil
– potatoes – esp Burbank Russet, potato starch and flour
– papaya – most non-organic grown in Hawaii are GM
– cottonseed oil – more than 1/2 of cotton crop in US are GM
– squash – some crooknecked squash and zucchini in stores now have been GM
For more information, check out
Also did you know that several types of animals including cows, pigs, elk, deer, raccoon, squirrels, rats and mice, avoid eating GM food?

The USDA has, without telling the public, been allowing into slaughterhouses and into the food chain, animals that have been involved in experiments making them transgenic. These are animals that have foreign genes in every one of their cells, and that have been part of experiments by major… corporations… These are animals with human genes; these are animals that have a variety of viruses in them. They did this without consulting Congress. They did this without making it public. These animals have been in the food chain now since 1995. –Andy Kimbrell

Amount of minerals in organic foods compared to conventional food:
calcium – 63% higher
chromium – 78% higher
iodine – 73% higher
iron – 59% higher
magnesium – 138% higher
potassium – 125 % higher
selenium – 390% higher
zinc – 60% higher


My husband points out that the book is almost a decade old.

Obesity rate in the US is higher than you show. In 2007 it was 27% of US adults according to the CDC. Not 18%.
Also 32 per cent of US children are overweight and 16 per cen
t are obese. Not the listed 25%