There is one question that bothers vegetarians and vegans more than any other, and that is, Where do you get your protein? The general population has been sold this idea that protein only comes from meat and dairy products, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Just look at gorillas, oxen, or elephants — all herbivorous animals, all clearly getting adequate protein. So where does this misconception come from? I think it’s safe to say that the meat and dairy industry have done a great job of selling us on this lie.
Every time we post an article on CE about eating less meat and animal products, there are always at least a few comments that say something along the lines of, “Every vegan I know is so frail, skinny, and sick looking.” If we are being completely honest, I’m sure that everyone knows at least a few meat eaters that are frail, skinny, or sick looking. As with any diet, there is a healthy way and an unhealthy way to follow it. If people are eating an abundance of processed food, vegan or not, they are unlikely to be at optimal health.
More and more bodybuilders are beginning to turn vegan. This is great news because of the sheer amount of food bodybuilders typically need to eat. People often feel it’s impossible for a bodybuilder to be vegan, but there are a ton of examples that prove otherwise. Take Nimai Delgado for example, he is an American Professional Men’s Physique bodybuilder and vegan athlete. Believe it or not, Nimai has been a vegetarian for his entire life, but in 2015 he switched to a 100% vegan diet.
Some Background On Nimai
Nimai’s journey started out simply, as he made it his personal mission to stay fit and healthy, now it has turned into a full-blown movement which educates people on the fact that it absolutely IS possible to gain muscle and even become ripped by consuming nothing but a plant-based diet.
Nimai uses his social media accounts (Instgram, YouTube and Facebook) and his presence to spread the message about living a vegan lifestyle, far and wide. He is absolutely passionate about this lifestyle and aims to lead the way for others and set the example for those who may want to try out a vegan lifestyle, but are too concerned about losing weight, getting enough protein or maintaining adequate health.
“Learn how to look inside yourself for answers, not outside. By practicing mindfulness we can really tune into how/why we are feeling and then once we identify it we can make a shift. But first, you have to learn how to calm the mind and become aware of those feelings!”
Some Of His Achievements
- Fresno Classic, NPC, Men’s Physique Class C, 2nd
- Fresno Classic, NPC, Men’s Physique Novice Class C, 1st
- Grand Prix Championships, NPC, Men’s Physique Class B, 2nd
- Fresno Classic, NPC, Men’s Physique Class C, 1st
- USA Championships, NPC, Men’s Physique Class C, 1st – Pro Card Earned
- Sacramento Pro, IFBB Men’s Physique, 6th
- Hawaii Pro, IFBB Men’s Physique, 8th
- San Jose Pro, IFBB Men’s Physique, 5th
- Vancouver Pro, IFBB Men’s Physique, 7th
No, He Is NOT On Steroids
For those of you who are saying or thinking something like, “Ya, I could look like that on steroids too”, or “Sure you can be vegan and look like that -with the help of steroids.” Well, just stop. Nimai doesn’t take steroids, in fact there is testing involved with the competitions he has entered and he wouldn’t be able to hold those titles if he were in fact, on steroids. The whole point of his story and his message is that it is possible to gain muscle and get ripped without the help of animal protein. If he were taking steroids this would completely discredit his entire story, and yes, someone would likely have figured it out by now.
Anything is possible, it may be difficult for our brains to understand this lifestyle as we have been taught and told that we NEED protein to build muscle and that the only way to get protein is by eating animal products. This is simply not true, and it’s time we open ourselves up to the fact that all foods contain protein, and believe it or not, some plant-based foods contain MORE protein than meat.
There is also some science showing that plant based protein may be a healthier option compared to meat-based protein. For more information about that you can refer to the article linked below:
Nimai Has Been Vegetarian From Birth
“Both of my amazing parents are converted Hindus, and I was raised with a strong sense of compassion. Growing up, my diet has always been about 95% vegan, with the exception of dairy products.” Nimai told Greatest Physiques.
In 2015 Nimai decided to make the transition from a vegetarian to a vegan, which meant no more dairy products whatsoever, he became 100% vegan.
His reasoning was because he wanted to live the healthiest lifestyle possible and to him this meant fuelling his body with an unprocessed, whole food, plant-based diet. It is important to note that being vegan doesn’t automatically equal being healthy. You can be a vegan but still eat a diet that largely consists of processed junk food. A plant-based diet is a very different thing.
In his own words, here is why he decided to become vegan, “I decided that I wanted to not only live the vegan lifestyle, but I also wanted to help spread awareness on how to become the best version of yourself while living this lifestyle.”
To learn more about what Nimai eats in a day and his workout routine check out this link.
What Can We Learn From Nimai?
Typical bodybuilders are consuming a ton of animal protein and animal products and like it or not, they are making a large contribution to the factory farm industry to maintain their size. By observing Nimai and his lifestyle we can clearly see that it is possible to gain muscle and get ripped, even compete and win without touching a single animal product. No, not all bodybuilders need to go vegan, but at least this can serve as an example that there are many ways to get enough protein outside what we have been led to believe.
Not only is this important information for bodybuilders, but anyone who is doubting the fact that vegans get enough protein can see Nimai and his lifestyle and know that it absolutely is possible to be vegan, get enough protein and be healthy!
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Prescription Infant Formulas Found To Be Contaminated With Aluminum
- The Facts:
Multiple brands of prescription infant formula were found to contain high levels of aluminum.
- Reflect On:
Should we be questioning the quality of products that come from pharmaceutical production? Do we veer away from natural methods of raising children more than we should? At what cost?
You may not think aluminum is a big deal, but it is. For anybody who has looked into aluminum toxicology, it’s quite clear and apparent that it has no place inside of any living biological organism. Putting it simply, it wreaks havoc on our biology. High amounts of aluminum have been found in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease, with experts in the field believing that aluminum brain accumulation may be one of the main causes of Alzheimer’s disease.
It’s also been discovered within the brains of MS patients, and some of the highest aluminum content ever recorded in brain tissue has also been discovered in people with autism. Aluminum is associated with several diseases. But an adult body can do a great job of flushing out aluminum.
Despite the fact that aluminum has no place within earth’s biota, it’s still present in many of our medications, our food, and even in the water that we drink due to contamination since the industrial revolution. Aluminum inside the body is a new phenomenon and still understudied. Again, there is a threshold, and aluminum that is injected via vaccines doesn’t exit the body–there is strong evidence that it remains inside the body and ends up in distant organs and eventually inside of the brain. If you want to access more studies on that topic, you can read this article I published that provides them and goes into more detail. You can also watch this interview with Christopher Exley, where he also points to that fact.
A new study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health has shown that multiple popular infant prescriptions are contaminated with aluminum. You may be asking how much aluminum, but the authors make it a point to stress that there are no safe amounts of aluminum levels that can be inside of a human body, let alone a newborn baby. That being said, the amounts found are listed within the abstract of the study:
Historical and recent data demonstrate that off-the-shelf infant formulas are heavily contaminated with aluminium. The origin of this contamination remains to be elucidated though may be imported via ingredients, packaging and processing. Specialised infant formulas exist to address health issues, such as low birth weight, allergy or intolerance and medical conditions, such as renal insufficiency. The aluminium content of these prescription infant formulas is measured here for the first time. We obtained 24 prescription infant formulas through a paediatric clinic and measured their total aluminium content by transversely heated graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry following microwave assisted acid/peroxide digestion. The aluminium content of ready-to-drink formulas ranged from 49.9 (33.7) to 1956.3 (111.0) μg/L. The most heavily contaminated products were those designed as nutritional supplements for infants struggling to gain weight. The aluminium content of powdered formulas ranged from 0.27 (0.04) to 3.27 (0.19) μg/g. The most heavily contaminated products tended to be those addressing allergies and intolerance. Prescription infant formulas are contaminated with aluminium.
Another very important point made right off the bat by the authors:
Human exposure to aluminium is a serious health concern. Aluminium exposure in infants is understandably a burgeoning issue. While infant exposure to aluminium continues to be documented, its consequences, immediate and in the future, have received only scant attention and research is required to understand the biological availability of aluminium through formula feeding. For example, how much aluminium is absorbed across the neonate gut and its subsequent fate, including excretion.
There is already too much aluminium in infant formulas and herein we have measured its content in a large number of prescription formulas, products which are fed to vulnerable infants in their first months of life. Many of these products are heavily contaminated with aluminium.
As for the specific infant formulas, you can refer to the study. The researchers obtained 24 prescription infant formulas via the Paediatric Clinic of Russells Hall Hospital in Dudley, United Kingdom. The ready-to-drink and powdered products were new, ready-to-be used and unopened samples. These formulas are for babies with some sort of growth restriction, like for preterm infants or infants who have poor weight gain. There were also powdered formulas for allergies and intolerances and powdered formulas with additional amino acids.
The authors contacted each manufacturer and expressed that they denied knowing that there was any aluminum in their products, which means it’s still a mystery as to their source. The authors hypothesize on a number of ways that aluminum could be entering into the formulas.
In their conclusion, the authors emphasize that:
Where possible, breast milk feeding should be prioritised, as the aluminium content of breast milk is invariably an order of magnitude lower than in formula feeds. Where infant formulas are the only source of nutrition for many infants in their first weeks and months of life, aluminium ingested in formula feeds will be the major contributor to their body burden of aluminium. The last thing that vulnerable infants fed specialised formulas for their specific nutritional/medicinal need is additional aluminium in their diet.
There is a lot of information out there on how a person can detox from aluminum and other heavy metals. There are multiple studies, and based on what I’ve looked into, water with high amounts of Silica are effective in draining aluminum out of your body and brain. Herbs like cilantro and substances like chlorella and spirulina are also great for removing some metals. The information is out there, so be sure to do your research.
It’s concerning to think about what these corporations are doing. Again, aluminum should hold no place in our society, it should’ve remained well below our surface as part of the Earth’s crust for a reason. It wasn’t until humans began digging it out and using it for a number of things, irresponsibly I might add, that we started to see the health implications which still go largely ignored by the medical community.
In fact, heavy metal accumulation and detoxification of aluminum haven’t been addressed at all, which is odd given the fact that heavy metal accumulation is linked to a variety of diseases.
9 Studies You Should Be Aware of Before Trying The Ketogenic Diet
- The Facts:
The Ketogenic diet is a popular fad diet that promotes quick weight loss and symptom management for bodies that are dealing with poor lymph, kidney and digestion health.
- Reflect On:
Based on the studies that are emerging, is our desire for quick weight loss more important than living a long and healthy life? Are we learning about these diets primarily through those with strong ties to upholding these diets?
The ketogenic diet has popped up as a popular approach to weight loss in the last few years. Is it successful at that? Sure, it is. I’ve experimented with the diet myself years ago when I was looking to lose some belly fat. I was entering into ketosis in a different way than most, as I was not eating any animal products, but it does in fact work.
But like any animal product based diet, what are the consequences of eating so much food that does not truly jive with our human bodies? Not only that, is fast weight loss more important than keeping our morality rate down?
In the last few years, we’ve reported a lot on the Keto diet and the various ways it can be done. We have explored the studies, the results and in some ways, we supported it. But lately, I have been thinking about how supporting this could actually be encouraging people to jump into these diets, including the paleo diet, when in reality these diets increase mortality rates and are not healthy for the human body.
It became a thought in the back of my mind, I have always strived to put the best information out that I can through this platform to promote good health. And so we must look at that, even if that means upsetting some people who currently are on paleo or keto and are seeing some good weight loss or symptom management. The truth is, like the many people I’ve seen crash on these diets after a few years, I want people to know the truth of what’s going on out there. And how we can get beyond diets that symptom manage, and instead get onto diets that truly heal.
Anytime we have fad diets, which paleo and keto are, we see products and bias pop up all over the place to support the continuation of these trends. It becomes less about health and more about upholding an identity or a business.
So as I recently looked into what experts are saying about these diets, I came upon two important videos I think everyone should check out. Both have been embedded below. Remember, it’s not that I care what you choose in your own life, or that I feel there is a right or wrong, it’s that I believe we should be informed and I wish to use this platform to promote as best a message as I can.
Thanks to Plant-Based News for creating such a good channel and resource of information on YouTube.
In this video, several plant-based health experts talk through 9 nutrition studies that would be of interest to low carb keto diet proponents. To read the 9 studies, click here.
Next up, Dr. Kim Williams (past President of the American College of Cardiology) shares his insights about the ketogenic.
A New Disease Carrying Tick Species Has Been Discovered
- The Facts:
For the first time in 50 years, a new tick species has been identified in the US. The longhorned tick is prolific and can lay as many as 2,000 eggs at a time. It has health implications.
- Reflect On:
Not long ago, the US government was accused of manufactured disease via ticks, to be used as bioweapons. More on that within the article.
So many problems are created by powerful people, and then these same powerful people like to offer us the solutions. A great example would be false flag terrorism, like lying and staging chemical gas attacks in Syria, and then using them as an excuse to infiltrate, invade and bring ‘democracy’ to that country in order to protect its people. You can read more about that specific example here. This is known to some, as Robert F. Kennedy Jr. recently expressed in a Facebook post regarding global warming, as “disaster capitalism,” the science of how corporations and tyrants profit from the crisis they create, regardless of whether that crisis is staged or real.
When it comes to ticks, it’s hard not to ponder if we’re seeing the same thing play out here. Will the rise in ticks and new tick species suddenly result in the development of more vaccines, ones that are specifically designed to combat the diseases these ticks are carrying?
There are a number of subjects that were once considered ‘conspiracy theories’ that are now no longer in that realm. ‘Conspiracy theories’ usually, in my opinion, arise from credible evidence. The implications, however, are so grand and so mind-altering that many may experience some sort of cognitive dissonance as a result. One of the topics often deemed a ‘conspiracy theory’ is weaponized diseases, and the latest example comes from an approved amendment that was proposed by a Republican congressman from New Jersey. His name is Chris Smith, and he instructed the Department of Defence’s Inspector General to conduct a review on whether or not the US “experimented with ticks and insects regarding use as a biological weapon between the years of 1950 and 1975” and “whether any ticks or insects used in such experiment were released outside of any laboratory by accident or experiment design.”
The fact that the amendment was approved by a vote in the House speaks volumes. Smith said that the amendment was inspired by “a number of books and articles suggesting that significant research had been done at US government facilities including Fort Detrick, Maryland, and Plum Island, New York, to turn ticks and insects into bioweapons.”
Now, for the first time in 50 years, a new tick species has been identified in the US. The longhorned tick is prolific and can lay as many as 2,000 eggs at a time. “In Asia, it causes a devastating disease called “SFTS” — severe fever and thrombocytopenia syndrome. About 15% of those people have died. It has not happened in the U.S. yet, but epidemiologists are watching closely.” (source)
When it comes to Lyme disease in particular, the Guardian points out that:
A new book published in May by a Stanford University science writer and former Lyme sufferer, Kris Newby, has raised questions about the origins of the disease, which affects 400,000 Americans each year.
Bitten: The Secret History of Lyme Disease and Biological Weapons, cites the Swiss-born discoverer of the Lyme pathogen, Willy Burgdorfer, as saying that the Lyme epidemic was a military experiment that had gone wrong.
Burgdorfer, who died in 2014, worked as a bioweapons researcher for the US military and said he was tasked with breeding fleas, ticks, mosquitoes and other blood-sucking insects, and infecting them with pathogens that cause human diseases.
According to the book, there were programs to drop “weaponised” ticks and other bugs from the air, and that uninfected bugs were released in residential areas in the US to trace how they spread. It suggests that such a scheme could have gone awry and led to the eruption of Lyme disease in the US in the 1960s.
Could this new tick be some sort of weaponized one? Who really knows.
We are living in a world of extreme secrecy. Much of what was once deemed a conspiracy theory is no longer a conspiracy theory anymore. A lot of information is arising that’s really challenging people’s minds, and some of it is so unbelievable and hard to imagine that cognitive dissonance is a common reaction. In today’s day and age, it’s important to keep an open mind as new information that challenges collective belief systems continues to emerge.
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