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What Happened When I Tried Eating Meat Again After 6 Years Without It

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    After years of being vegan, I was convinced to try eating meat again to heal digestive issues. Although I knew this didn't make any sense, something pushed me to try it anyway.

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    Do you notice how meat affects your body? Do you pay attention to the subtle details? Have you tried being off meat long enough to know what it feels like? Do you feel meat is actually a healing food?

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What would happen if you didn’t eat meat for a long time and then tried eating it regularly again? I’m not talking about taking a bite of chicken, I’m talking eating it day in and day out for at least a few weeks.  This was a question I thought I’d never personally get an answer to within my own experience when I chose to stop eating meat ten years ago.

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I encourage you to read this whole story, as it’s important given how many people I see experiencing exactly what I experienced. As a spoiler, I did stop the consumption of meat after 30 days, to be honest I knew where it would lead within my story, but I was intrigued to try and put it to the test. Read on!

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First a little history. I grew up eating a diet that would be considered pretty healthy by Western standards. I rarely ate fast food, 90% of my meals were home cooked, and my mom had a good sense of how to balance a meal in ways many would consider fabulous — small portions of meat with a grain and veggies. Every meal had veggies. We ate things like pasta, chicken with broccoli and rice, lasagna, homemade burgers, and other simple foods without a ton of processing. I ate almost any type of vegetable you can think of and fruit as well. By far, my and my family’s worst habit was having a Coca-Cola at dinner.

I share this because many people might feel I ended up the way I did, with digestive issues, because I ate a ton of junk my whole life. But I didn’t, and that’s an important note. It’s also an important note that I didn’t have consistent and obvious problems with dairy or wheat my whole life; rather, they slowly built up over time.

So what happened to me? I was gassy all the time. Not just farting, but burping constantly. My burps came after every meal and would last for hours. To me this was normal, and I saw so many people around me doing the exact same thing that I was sure this was just how it was supposed to go. Farting, burping, bloating — I thought it was just a factor of eating. Heck, everyone makes jokes about how often people fart and burp so I thought it was normal to do it daily.

I also noticed I was getting tired a lot, but then again I thought that was normal, too. Coming home after school or work and wanting to have a quick nap or wanting to sleep after meals, I watched as everyone around me was doing the same thing, so again, I thought this was normal.

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As I made my way to my twenties, I started to notice it all got worse. Finally around 20 or 21, it was hitting a wall.

I would literally get bloated from dairy, meat, wheat, fruit, veggies, EVERYTHING. When I would eat things like dairy, meat, or bread, I definitely felt much worse, but everything was truly an issue. But again, as I would talk to people, other than when I had my burping fits and stomach pain from bread, everything seemed normal compared to what everyone else felt too.

I Knew Something Wasn’t Right, But Didn’t Know What to Do

Deep down I knew this wasn’t right. Feeling this way, seeing everyone feel this way, it didn’t make sense to me. In my experience, it took having these strong stomach pains and burping fits to finally do something, but for many, it’s still seen as completely normal, and as I cut all these things out of my diet, I watched myself change and could see the insane difference between my previous life and my new one — including when I compared myself to how others were feeling eating my old diet.

I cut out meat, dairy, bread, even things like legumes for a while. I mainly focused on a whole food, plant-based diet. Every now and then over the first couple years I ate eggs and had fish maybe one or two times a month, but for long stretches I ate neither.

I saw a HUGE difference in my digestion, energy, consciousness, clarity, mental ability, intuition, and athletic ability. They all increased dramatically as I continued. But something still wasn’t quite right, and after five years, I decided to find out what it was.

I started to notice that when I ate a lot of food, for example, a cup of rice, a good amount of tempeh, steamed kale, and maybe some potatoes, I would get bloated and tired. Maybe this is normal to some extent, but to be honest, it wasn’t even as much food as most would consider a lot. My daily caloric intake was only at about 2,300-2,400 calories and I was working out almost every day.

Regardless, I could see my body wasn’t digesting certain food combos well or even certain foods in general. Not only that, but some things would sit in my stomach and eventually make me quite gassy, so I began going through many different options to find out how to stop the bloating. Intermittent fasting, cutting out carbs, not mixing fats and fruit, eating small meals, using digestive enzymes, using probiotics — you name it, I likely did it. I did this for nearly two years.

At a very frustrated and hopeless point in January of 2016, I eventually I found myself in front of a health practitioner who also had a ton of digestive issues, telling me to try something similar to a paleo diet, as that’s what she was doing. Had it worked for her yet? No, but I kept listening, for some reason (we’ll find out later.) Of course, I was hesitant, since it didn’t feel like the right fit for me and I was sure it would cause a ton of issues. I intuitively knew it wasn’t going to work and I had done all the research to prove it, but some part of me still felt called to do it anyway. After weeks of debate, I eventually decided to try what she recommended. I learned a lot in the process and have much to share, which is a big part of why I felt called to actually go through with it.

I Tried Eating Meat

So after six full years of no meat, I began having small portions of chicken every other day and bone broth pretty well every day. 

At first I thought I might have an issue with digestive enzymes, as I’ve heard many times before that if you stop eating meat, you can’t digest it well if you start again. But I had never done the research on this. The truth is, thus far, the scientific perspectives are quite mixed and few proper studies have been done. The prevailing wisdom seems to be that enzymes used to break down fat and protein don’t differentiate between sources. Thus, enzymes needed for plant proteins versus meat proteins are the same. Some say you may need a few specific ones for meat, but they would return to the body in a matter of days after going back to eating meat.

During this meat eating experiment, I had organic, ethically raised chicken (or as ethical as you can get when you are using animals for food), I kept my meals insanely simple, and I cut my daily caloric intake to about 2,000 – 2,200 calories. A meal might look like a plate of steamed broccoli or kale and some chicken. I had smoothies in the morning that contained between two and four ingredients, with no heavy fat. I consumed no dairy. I also cut out gluten completely.

So this really should address my digestive issues, as I had very little irritants or inflammatory foods (other than the meat) and I wasn’t eating much to tax my system. I was also intermittent fasting. So here’s what happened.

What I Started to Notice

Firstly, I’m sharing my story because I want to tackle a deeper side to meat eating that is spoken about less and that I believe carries importance. I knew From all my previous research and feelings that this was what was going to happen, but like I mentioned before… I was open to try. From a health perspective, it’s quite obvious by now, providing you are eating a proper diet that does not contain low quality processed foods, that the less meat you eat, the better your health. When it comes to dairy, avoid it, it’s scary. But I also reaffirmed a few things for myself during this experiment.

I’m not saying everyone will experience what I’m going to cover below, but it’s what I experienced. We all have to focus on what’s right for us, but I believe we have to be willing to actually figure that out, beyond what our ego wants to identify with or do.

Digestion Improved: Although not perfect, my digestion did start to improve. I felt like things didn’t sit forever and my energy wasn’t being spent trying to digest all the time. Was I getting more nutrient uptake? Tough to say, but if I had to guess, maybe a little.

Less Bloating: Because I was eating much less and eating simpler, I wasn’t as bloated. This was a nice feeling for me. Even though I did bloat a little still, it was an improvement for sure.

Less Gas: Because my digestion was working better and there was less confusion in there, my gas slowed down. But, when I did have it, the smell was worse before. Regardless, this was still a welcome improvement.

Sleep Improved: Going back to digestion again, because my body was having an easier time with things, it wasn’t spending energy at night trying to digest. So I slept better. Again, a welcome improvement, because sleep was tough to come by at times.

Aggression, Anger, Irritability: Ask anyone around me — I’m not aggressive, I don’t get angry, and it’s VERY difficult to irritate me. But after 7-10 days of eating meat again, I started to experience these things. This was where things got very interesting to me, as it had been so long that I had forgotten the energetic and personality type changes that come with eating foods like this. To preface this a little more, I meditate a lot and have spent a lot of time practicing presence. With this I’ve built a pretty good muscle for sensing energetic changes in my body and being. Noticing how the energy of meat, even good quality meat, was changing these parts of me was fascinating. It also helped me understand others better too, as I could relate again to what they go through and feel with their diet.

Brain Clarity: I wasn’t sure what to call this one. It wasn’t that I had brain fog per se, but my sharpness and quickness in thought and creativity weren’t as strong. I was used to feeling pretty light in my mind. Except for when I ate too much bread or was in a really bad bloating fit, my mind was very sharp and clear on a plant-based diet. So this was a noticeable change.

Density: Again, I wasn’t sure what to call this one, but my energy was different. I felt slower, heavier, denser. This might be hard to explain or relate to without a clear reference point (i.e. six years of a plant-based diet), but simply put, my energy not the same. If you have ever fasted for long periods of time and felt the shift in consciousness that comes from that, this was like noticing the same, only on the opposite side.

Less Deep Meditation: Perhaps relating to the previous one about density, I noticed that my meditations were not quite as deep. Once again, I’m not sure how to describe this, as it’s very experiential, but there are obvious energetic changes that take place when you change aspects of your diet. This was a noticeable change in frequency that, in my experience, changed the depth and clarity of my meditations.

Summary: At the end of the month experiment, I had not seen enough of a physical improvement to continue. My bloating began to increase again and my discomfort was still there. I was noticing other changes, like those mentioned above, that I really wasn’t enjoying, so it became clear to me that I wanted to stop. But I was still left with digestion that wasn’t where I wanted it to be. That’s when I tried one more thing… that worked.

Why I Stopped Meat Again and What Did Work

I attended a sweat lodge ceremony held by a friend of mine a few weeks after this experiment, and during the sweat, I set one of my main intentions to be getting over my digestive issues. During the second round of the sweat, a ton of clarity began to come through about old worries and fears of my past, including some present ones that were held in my stomach. As I began to release them, I was already sensing the energy change in my stomach and being. After that ceremony I had felt some energetic and spiritual work was certainly done on the issue, and now I had to turn to the physical.

Days later, I ended up coming across something called The Master Fast (not The Master Cleanse). It’s essentially a protocol where you drink about 1L of grape juice with lemon in it each day for as long as you choose to do the fast. The protocol also contains regular enemas or colonics, herbal tinctures, dry fasting, and a specific timing protocol so that your key cleansing organs are pushed to clear out, effectively allowing your body to heal more easily. I should note, if you do decide to do this fast, please do your research first. I spent about two weeks researching before starting and it makes all the difference. There are no quick fixes or magic pills; you have to be in it to win it all the way.

I went on the Master Fast for 17 days, as that’s when my body instructed I was done for now. I had passed parasites, a ton of mucoid plaque, and felt incredible. After slowly easing my way back into foods, I was no longer experiencing any of the bloating, gas, or digestive issues that I had in the past.

I went 17 days without food to help clean up my past digestive issues. It worked.

Final Thoughts

I found this experience to be very helpful for me. Regardless of the fact that it went against my intuitive feeling that it wasn’t going to solve my issue, I still went in open to the possibility and I gained some great insight as a result. Again, I was well aware of the consequences of eating meat but felt I had tried many things and nothing had worked. I chose this experience as a great reminder. Seeing again what I did, firsthand, about how meat changed my body, frequency, and overall clarity, was helpful in my not only being able to share my story, but continuing on a path that I know resonates with me more deeply.

We talk a lot about the physical health implications of eating meat, but we don’t often talk about the energetic or spiritual side of it. While I don’t believe in casting any judgment about this, I encourage reflection and experimentation on this, as it can be quite profound, and given what I intuitively know, learned, and saw during my experiment, I know it would be a game changer for our society if we were not ingesting this type of energy.

What I can also say, fruits are the most healing foods on the planet. While they get a bad rep by people who often don’t understand how they work, and who are trying to sell products in the paleo or keto marketplaces, they truly are natures medicine. Explore the healing power of fruit and do proper research. I recommend checking out Dr. Morse as a great place to start.

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Most Diabetic, Heart Disease & Alzheimer’s Deaths Categorized As “Covid” Deaths (UK)

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    According to professor of evidence based medicine at Oxford Dr. Carl Heneghan , who is also an emergency GP, most diabetic, heart disease & alzheimer's deaths were categorized as COVID deaths in the United Kingdom.

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    How many deaths have actually been a result of COVID? Why is this pandemic surrounded with so much controversy? Why does mainstream media fail at having appropriate conversations about 'controversial' evidence/opinions?

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 Dr. Carl Heneghan has an interesting view on the pandemic, not only is he a professor of evidence-based medicine at Oxford University, he also works Saturday shifts as an emergency GP. This allows him to see healthcare from both the academic perspective as well as the healthcare experience, more specifically, it allows him to see COVID from both perspectives.

What Happened: In a recent article he wrote for The Spectator, he writes the following,

It’s hard to imagine, let alone measures, the side effects of lockdowns. The risk with the government’s ‘fear’ messaging is that people become so worried about burdening the NHS that they avoid seeking medical help. Or by the time they do so, it can be too late. The big rise in at-home deaths (still ongoing) points to that. You will be familiar with the Covid death toll, updated in the papers every day. But did you know that since the pandemic, we’ve had 28,200 more deaths among diabetics that we’d normally expect? That’s not the kind of figure they show on a graph at No. 10 press conference. For people with heart disease, it’s 17,100. For dementia and Alzheimer’s, it’s 22,800. Most were categorised as Covid deaths: people can die with multiple conditions, so they can fall into more than one of these categories. It’s a complicated picture. But that’s the problem in assessing lockdown. you need to do a balance of risks.

Evidence-based medicine might sound like a tautology — what kind of medicine isn’t based on evidence? I’m afraid that you’d be surprised. Massive decisions are often taken on misleading, low-quality evidence. We see this all the time. In the last pandemic, the swine flu outbreak of 2009, I did some work asking why the government spent £500 million on Tamiflu: then hailed as a wonder drug. In fact, it proved to have a very limited effect. The debate then had many of the same cast of characters as today: Jonathan Van-Tam, Neil Ferguson and others. The big difference this time is the influence of social media, whose viciousness is something to behold. It’s easy to see why academics would self-censor and stay away from the debate, especially if it means challenging a consensus.

This is something that’s been a concern since the beginning of the pandemic. For example, a report published during the first wave in the British Medical Journal  titled Covid-19: “Staggering number” of extra deaths in community is not explained by covid-19″ has suggested that quarantine measures in the United Kingdom, as a result of the new coronavirus, may have already killed more UK seniors than the coronavirus has during the months of April and May.

According to the data, COVID-19, at the time of publication, only accounted for 10,000 of the 30,000 excess deaths that have been recorded in senior care facilities during the height of the pandemic. The article quotes British Health officials stating that these unexplained deaths may have occurred because quarantine measures have prevented seniors from accessing the health care that they need.

Fast forward to more recent research regarding lockdowns, and these concerns have grown. Professor Anna-Mia Ekström and Professor Stefan Swartling Peterson have gone through the data from UNICEF and UNAIDS, and came to the conclusion that at least as many people have died as a result of the restrictions to fight COVID as have died of COVID. You can read more about that here.

These are just a few of many examples. You can read more about the hypothesized “catastrophic” impacts of lockdown, here.

When it comes to what he mentions about academics shying away from debate, especially if their research goes against the grain, we’ve a seen a lot of that too. Here’s a great example you can read about from Sweden regarding zero deaths of school children during the first wave despite no masks mandates or lockdown measures. Jonas F Ludvigsson, a paediatrician at Örebro University Hospital and professor of clinical epidemiology at the Karolinska Institute is quitting his work on COVID-19 because of harassment from people who dislike what he has discovered.

Why This Is Important: Heneghan’s words are something that many people have been concerned about when it comes to the deaths that are attributed to COVID-19. How many of them are actually a result of COVID? The truth seems to be that we don’t really know. But one thing we do know is that total death toll caused by COVID doesn’t seem to be quite accurate.

That being said, we do know that people with comorbidities are more susceptible to illness and death from COVID, and that’s something to keep in mind. For people with underlying health conditions, covid, just like flu or pneumonia, can be fatal.

Ontario (Canada) Public Health has a page on their website titled “How Ontario is responding to COVID-19.” On it, they clearly state that deaths are being marked as COVID deaths and are being included in the COVID death count regardless of whether or not COVID actually contributed to or caused the death. They state the following:

Any case marked as “Fatal” is included in the deaths data. Deaths are included whether or not COVID-19 was determined to be a contributing or underlying cause of death…”

This statement from Ontario Public Health echoes statements made multiple times by Canadian public health agencies and personnel. According to Ontario Ministry Health Senior Communications Advisor Anna Miller:

As a result of how data is recorded by health units into public health information databases, the ministry is not able to accurately separate how many people died directly because of COVID versus those who died with a COVID infection.

In late June 2020, Toronto (Ontario, Canada) Public Health tweeted that:

“Individuals who have died with COVID-19, but not as a result of COVID-19 are included in the case counts for COVID-19 deaths in Toronto.”

It’s not just in Canada where we’ve seen these types of statements being made, it’s all over the world. There are multiple examples from the United States that we’ve covered since the start of the pandemic.

For example, Dr. Ngozi Ezike, Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health stated the following during the first wave of the pandemic:

If you were in hospice and had already been given a few weeks to live and then you were also found to have COVID, that would be counted as a COVID death, despite if you died of a clear alternative cause it’s still listed as a COVID death. So, everyone who is listed as a COVID death that doesn’t mean that was the cause of the death, but they had COVID at the time of death.

Also during the first wave, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment had to announce a change to how it tallies coronavirus deaths due to complaints that it inflated the numbers.

As you can see, we’ve struggled to find an accurate way to go about tallying COVID deaths since the start, creating more fear and hysteria around total numbers that are plastered constantly in front of citizens by news stations. That being said, a lot of people who are dying of COVID do have co-morbidities as well. But as the professor says, “it’s a complicated picture” and hard to figure out, and probably something we will never figure out.

There’s been a lot of “fear mongering” by governments and mainstream media, and some believe that lockdowns and masks are simply being used as a psychological tool to keep that fear constant, which in turn makes it easier to control people and make them comply.

Meanwhile, there are a lot of experts in the field who are pointing to the fact that yes, COVID is dangerous, but it does not at all warrant the measures that are being taken, especially when the virus has a 99.95 percent survival rate for people over the age of 70. There are better ways to protect the vulnerable without creating even more chaos that lockdown measures have created, and are creating throughout this pandemic.

That said, it’s also important to note that some calls for lockdown measures are focused on stopping hospitals from becoming overwhelmed. Why do some places with very restrictions see no hospital capacity issues? Why do some places with a lot of restrictions see hospital capacity issues? Why do we also see the opposite for both in some areas? These questions appear to be unanswered still. That being said. Hospitals have always been overwhelmed. This is not a new phenomenon.

The main issue here is not who is right or wrong, it’s the censorship of data, science, and opinions of experts in the field. The censorship that has occurred during this pandemic has been unprecedented.

Science is being suppressed for political and financial gain. COVID-19 has unleashed state corruption on a grand scale, and it is harmful to public health. Politicians and industry are responsible for this opportunistic embezzlement. So too are scientists and health experts. The pandemic has revealed how the medical-political complex can be manipulated in an emergency—a time when it is even more important to safeguard science. –  Dr. Kamran Abbasi, recent executive editor of the prestigious British Medical Journal (source)

This censorship alone has been an excellent catalyst for people to question what we are constantly hearing from mainstream media, government, and political scientists. Any type of information that calls into question the recommendations or the information we are receiving from our government seems to be subjected to this type of censorship. Mainstream media has done a great job at not acknowledging many aspects of this pandemic, like clinically proven treatments other than a vaccine, and therefore the masses are completely unaware of it.

Is this what we would call ethical? When trying to explain this to a friend or family member, the fact that they are not aware of these other pieces of information, because they may be avid mainstream news watchers, has them in disbelief and perhaps even sometimes labelling such assertions as a “conspiracy theory.” This Brings me to my next point.

The Takeaway: As I’ve said in a number of articles before, society is failing to have conversations about “controversial” topics and viewpoints. This is in large part due to the fact that mainstream media does such a poor job at covering these viewpoints let alone acknowledging them. The fact that big media has such a stranglehold over the minds of many is also very concerning, because we are living in a time where independent research may be more useful. There seems to be massive conflicts of interest within mainstream media, and the fact that healthy conversation and debate is being shut down by mainstream media contributes to the fact that we can’t even have normal conversations about controversial topics in our everyday lives.

Why does this happen? Why can’t we see the perspective of another? To be honest, I still sometimes struggle with this. When it comes to COVID, things clearly aren’t as black and white as they’re being made out to be, and as I’ve said many times before when things aren’t clear, and when government mandates oppose the will of so many people, it reaches a point where they become authoritarian and overreaching.

In such circumstances I believe governments should simply be making recommendations and explaining why certain actions might be important, and then leave it to the people to decide for themselves what measures they’d like to take, if any. What do you think? One thing is for certain, COVID has been a catalyst for more and more people to question the world we live in, and why we live the way that we do.

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Lebanese Hospital Becomes The World’s First To Go 100 Percent Vegan (Food)

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    A hospital in Lebanon has become the first in the world to adopt a completely vegan menu.

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    Are people aware of the physical and emotional torture the majority animals we eat go through? Are people aware that a diet free of animal products can be very beneficial for human health. Are people aware that animal agriculture is destroying Earth?

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At the beginning of March, Hayek Hospital in Beirut, Lebanon became the first hospital in the world to serve 100 percent vegan only meals. Prior to this change, patients had a choice between animal based meals and vegan meals, and included with that was information about the health benefits of choosing plant-based foods versus the dangers of consuming animal products. The hospital made the announcement via their Instagram page, stating that “Our patients will no longer wake up from surgery to be greeted with ham, cheese, milk, and eggs…the very food(s) that may have contributed to their health problems in the first place.”

When the World Health Organization classifies processed meat as a group 1A carcinogenic (causes cancer) same group as tobacco and red meat as group 2A carcinogenic, then serving meat in the hospital is like serving cigarettes in a hospital. When the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) declare that 3 out of 4 new or emerging infectious disease comes from animals. When adopting a plant based exclusive diet has been successfully proven not only to stop the evolution of certain diseases but it can also reverse them. We then, have the moral responsibility to act upon and align our beliefs with our actions. Taking the courage to look at the elephant in in the eye.

Their various statements also point to the role that animal agriculture plays in spawning infectious diseases, citing the Centers for Disease Control’s estimate that 3 out of 4 new or emerging infectious diseases come from animals. “We believe it’s well about time to tackle the root cause of diseases and pandemics, not just treat symptoms,” they note.

This was a great statement. The modern day medical industry only seems to be focused on medications, and only medications that can turn a hefty profit, to treat and cure disease instead of addressing root causes. It’s good to see things changing, but a big problem remains. If a plant that grows in abundance, for example, has the potential to cure a disease, will we ever hear about it? Will the medical industry be interested in it? Probably not, but when a drug is made and patented from that plant in a specific way, that’s when we will. This is not to say that modern day medicine is useless, but today now more than ever a big problem exists, and this problem may be killing more people than it’s helping.

Arnold Seymour Relman (1923-2014), a Harvard professor of medicine and also a former Editor-in-Chief of NEMJ, was frustrated that “the medical profession is being bought by the pharmaceutical industry, not only in terms of the practice of medicine, but also in terms of teaching and research. The academic institutions of this country are allowing themselves to be the paid agents of the pharmaceutical industry. I think it’s disgraceful.” (source)

According to Forks Over Knives,

While Hayek is the first hospital to completely purge animal products from its menu, a number of hospitals have begun offering more plant-based options in recent years. Both New York and California have enacted laws requiring hospitals to offer a plant-based option with every meal. In 2018 NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue launched the Plant-Based Lifestyle Medicine Program to help patients transition to a whole-food, plant-based lifestyle.

The American Medical Association passed a resolution in 2017 calling on U.S. hospitals to provide healthful plant-based meals to promote better health in patients, staff, and visitors. The American College of Cardiology has issued similar recommendations.

In my opinion, “veganism is a very fine form of nutrition” (Dr. Ellsworth Wareham, heart surgeon), and as mentioned above, there is plenty of science to back up that statement.  I’ve written about it many times before from a health perspective.

Here’s an article that goes into more detail and science if you’re interested, it also addresses history, and how our teeth and guts are designed and more. Here’s another one regarding a study that found a strong association between eating animal protein and a premature death from all causes, including multiple cancers and type 2 diabetes.

The studies cited in that article note that meat eating is strongly associated with up to a 75 percent increased chance of early mortality, and that protein from animals may cause harm, while protein from plants may help reverse disease and have a protective effect.

There are hundreds of these studies, and the ones I cite are just a few examples.

This is obviously a very controversial topic in the eyes of many, and it’s not hard at all to find conflicting information on the subject. I am no doubt bias in my beliefs and opinions here.

One thing is for certain, the way we treat animals on this planet is extremely heartbreaking and unnecessary. Animals are separated from their families, raised for slaughter and are kept in torturous conditions on a daily basis. It’s truly unbelievable and horrific. It’s the biggest genocide and example of both physical and emotional torture the world has ever seen. I don’t think anybody can witness what really goes on in most slaughterhouses can come out not being impacted.

On top of this, animal agriculture is one of, if not the greatest contributer to environmental degradation and pollution on our planet. Animal agriculture is actually the leading cause of deforestation. Every single day, close to 100 plant/animal/insect species are lost because of this practice.

Final Thoughts: At the end of the day it seems that, from a health perspective, processed meats, and other meats are no doubt harmful to human health. People can make the argument that other animal products may not be and that we are meant to consume them. People can also make the complete opposite argument. One thing that can’t be argued is, again, the torture, physical and emotional abuse that comprise the source of where animal products come from for the majority of people who eat them.

There is a big split, as with many other topics, amongst people on this issue. There are even vegan influencers who are creating splits within the ‘vegan community’ itself, which is unfortunate. I personally believe that, from a health perspective, animal products are not at all required for anybody and are again, overall, harmful to human health.

The more pressing issue, again, is the treatment of our animal brothers and sisters, and how we are constantly using and abusing them. It’s indicative of world that lacks empathy, compassion, understanding and love, as well as our inability to see ourselves in another. This can be seen in many aspects of the current human experience, be it war, human trafficking and more. That being said, it’s great to see human consciousness shifting towards a more compassionate, empathetic type of awareness. This is evident by the “vegan” movement alone, as it’s become quite large over the past few years and will continue to grow. Some of the biggest animal food producers have already gone out of business, and it’s great to see more people in the health community as well recognize that it’s a win for health, a win for environment, and most importantly, a win for the very emotional, intelligent, animals, who are similar to us in so many ways. We have so much to learn from them.

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Caloric Restriction vs. Fasting: Why One Can Result In Weight Gain While The Other Helps Burn Fat

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  • The Facts:

    In the video below, Dr. Jason Fung explains the difference between caloric restriction and sending the body into "starvation" mode compared to fasting.

  • Reflect On:

    Fasting has been used as a health intervention for thousands of years, and is being used today by doctors who are educated on the topic. Why is it completely ignored by mainstream medicine? Is it because "big pharma" can't make any money off of it?

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Some would say that the best solution to weight gain is eating right and exercising. I couldn’t agree more. Obesity is one of the deadliest problems humanity faces today, and just as important as diet and exercise is for addressing this issue, even more important are the emotional and personal reasons as to why so many people damage themselves and make themselves more prone to serious disease.

Apart from diet and exercise, initiating a proper fasting regimen can have tremendous health outcomes, especially for overweight people. It wasn’t but a decade ago when fasting to lose weight was considered unhealthy and dangerous. Today, we have a tremendous amount of science that’s been published clearly showing that fasting can be an effective health intervention for people of all body types, especially for people who are overweight and suffer from certain diseases. It’s an excellent way to help your body burn fat. Fasting has been used and is currently being used as an intervention for type two diabetes, cancer and more. Fasting has been shown to trigger stem cell regeneration, autophagy, which in turn can help clear out toxins and damaged cells, repair DNA, improve metabolism, lower blood sugar, boost brain function, reduce the risk of age related disease, lessen inflammation which improves a wide range of health issues from arthritic pain to asthma and more. It’s no wonder why so many ancient cultures from different parts of the world used fasting as medicine and as a health intervention.

As shown in the science, fasting is generally safe for everybody. This many not be true if you already have underlying health conditions or are taking certain medications. This is why it’s important to consult a health professional about it, but the issue is, the majority of health professionals are not well educated in fasting interventions. Those who have educated themselves have been treating their patients with fasting and are drawn to it due to its ability to provide so many benefits.

One of these doctors is Dr. Jason Fung, who on his blog and his YouTube channel, as well as the books he’s written provides a wealth of information and science regarding fasting. I often refer people to the work of Fung, or others like Dr. Valter Longo if they want to begin their own research about fasting. Again, there is a wealth of science and “scholarly” articles available on the subject for anybody who wants to search for it as well. It’s not heard to find.

In the video below, Fung explains why fasting is much different from caloric restriction or having your body go into “starvation mode.”  You can also check out his article, “The difference between calorie restriction and fasting” for some great information as well.

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