November 30, 2010
Lupus and a Vegan Diet
On the flip side...I have seen numerous accounts in books and on the internet that there were never any extremely healthy vegan populations. For instance in Japan where people live longer, they eat fish and some meat, though very little..in the mediterranean diet they eat small amounts of fish and meat...even in far off tribes there always seems to be some source of meat or fish or animal products (butter, raw milk, eggs or even snakes!) in the diet. My advice is whatever diet you choose make sure that you test your nutrient levels, vitamins, minerals and amino acids, fatty acids and such with an actual blood test, so that you KNOW your body is getting what it needs. Even if you are eating the BEST most rich nutrient dense foods if your digestion is off you won't be assimilating the nutrients properly...
I think the mistake we Americans make is that we overdo the animal products and we don't eat from the "garden" "produce aisle" and add the animal products as "condiments"(minimally) for flavor. Americans tend to eat a large serving of meat with little veggies and lots of potatoes (mostly fried). This is not the way to be healthy...
And the animal products we eat are not free rang,e living healthy farm lives, and getting all the nutrition they need to be healthy and disease free as well...
Here are some articles on vegan diets and healing Lupus and other diseases... I will try to put up some information on books that say we need animal products to be healthy as well....
See and research these medical doctors that believe vegan diets can help reverse disease
Dr. John McDougall MD http://www.drmcdougall.com/
Dr. Joel Fuhrman MD http://www.drfuhrman.com/
Dr. Neal Barnard MD http://www.nealbarnard.org/