40 Year Vegan Dies of a Heart Attack! The Omega-3 and B12 Myth with Dr Michael Greger [High Quality]

40 Year Vegan Dies of a Heart Attack! The Omega-3 and B12 Myth with Dr Michael Greger [High Quality]


January of last year Dave Thomas founder
and spokesperson of Wendy’s hamburger fast food chain died he was 69 years old
you know the average life expectancy in the United States is 77
Wendy’s spokespersons however denied any relationship between the bacon double
cheeseburgers another fast food fare he hawked on television and his earlier
near-fatal heart attack or his earlier quadruple bypass operation every minute
American clutches at their chest in terror and keels over dead from a heart
attack strikes down half a million Americans every year heart disease has
been the number one cause of death for men and women in this country every
single year for the last seven decades the number one cause of death in these
United States and soon thanks to the export of our diet around the world
thought to be the number one cause of death in the world soon now contrast
Dave Thomas with Jaden Shaw founder and spokesperson of the American vegan
society she’s a tireless advocate for the
animals a true inspiration but I never got to meet him because he died too
currently of a heart attack he was 66 years old what died of a heart attack
how never ate a burger in his life raised vegetarian vegan for 40 years
made me stop gave me pause went got my cholesterol checked and wanted to head
over to the medical library to see if there’s anything new in the medical
literature that could help me explain Jai’s death and last time I checked we
were doing pretty good I mean with Jays death just a fluke so this talk is a
product of that review I started by looking at mortality rates
comparing the death rates of meat-eaters to vegetarians to vegans vegans are
vegetarians that strive to exclude all animal products from the diet including
eggs and dairy most off poor animal suffering concern well if you look back
at the vegetarian literature you’ll see all sorts of kind of circumstantial
evidence based on kind of indirect guesses as to how we as vegetarians were
doing so you could point to research that said that for example those that
ate lots of fruits and vegetables live longer and hay weed lots of fruits and
vegetables it was not actually the same thing as falling real-live vegetarians
and vegans I mean what we’d like someone to do take a few thousand of us fall us
out for a few years and got to see how we do now one could make guesses as to
what one might find if someone did something like that take say our
cholesterol levels for example we’ve known for over 50 years that vegetarians
have much lower cholesterol levels of mediator based on those levels
vegetarians would have maybe half the heart disease mortality that meeting is
doing vegans should have practically none but is that true again we really
didn’t know but I mean sounds good to me I mean after all cholesterol is a single
biggest risk factor for heart disease and hey we’ve got the lowest cholesterol
and bigger rockets I’d just kind of figure it all out that’s of course there
was some kind of adverse effect of vegetarianism somehow counterbalancing
are low risk but otherwise we should be just cruising well let’s think of some
of the other risk factors for heart disease cholesterol we’ve got less
cholesterol obesity we’ve got less obesity diabetes we’ve got less diabetes
hypertension we’ve got less hypertension we eat more soy more fiber more
antioxidants less animal protein than hey don’t we have lower stroke rates and
cancer rates do we should just be I can touch in the whole mortality
Department so anyway I got this email from farm the farm animal reform
movement an animal rights group in Washington DC and they were compiling
their annual table of American death for which the consumption of animal products
represent a substantial contributing factor and so they asked my medical
opinion that’s exactly which diseases those work so I said aha finally a
chance to go to the to the medical library and see if indeed there’s
anything new that could help explain Jays death to answer that nagging
question about jadenshell that continue to haunt me whenever I take on a new
research project the first thing I do is look at the latest research which is
what I’d like to share with everyone today
so I went to Harvard Medical Library I probably the best in the world has
expecting more estimates more guesses as how we as vegetarians were doing little
did I know we had real data in our actual studies that took thousands of
vegetarians involved them out for a year so finally real data the latest data on
vegetarian mortality rate so I was like drool cleanly even we were doing even
better than our estimation alright well this is what I’ve been waiting for a
study of 8,000 vegetarians followed for 18 years I didn’t wait to go back to my
seat didn’t wait to go home I just stood there and the newly received journal
section I was just published last year 2002 and read it I stood there and my
jaw dropped stunned into silence shot at what I saw they reported no difference
between the mortality rates of meat eaters compared to the mortality rates
of vegetarians no difference Alicia it doesn’t make any sense what
are the top three killers in the US heart disease cancer stroke how could we
be dying at the same rate as needed does it make any sense
well there are three findings I’d like to investigate with everyone today
and that finding number one why do meat-eater seem to live just as long as
vegetarian and not only did vegetarians not seemed a little longer they had
basically the same cancer death rates – the same number of colon cancer deaths
the same fatal stroke rate and what I’ve been worried about the same rates of
fatal heart disease we found no difference in the risk of dying from a
heart attack between those that ate meat and those that didn’t eat meat
doesn’t like go against everything we know though what about our cholesterol
what’s counteracting all of our natural potential as vegetarian now we don’t
have more heart disease and meteors but certainly more than we should so I went
down the list of mortality rates for all the other diseases same mortality rates
and Stroke hearts the same same same same difference same different same same
same same same thing same okay well at least out of the list of the top dozen
or so things people died from there are at least two classes of diseases for
which the mortality rates were significantly different between
vegetarians and meat eaters on fortunately they were not in our faith
some of the data suggested that vegetarians seem to have a 50% greater
risk of dying from breast cancer for example but that was explained away by
the fact that vegetarians tend to have less children which is a well-known risk
factor for breast cancer so vegetarianism probably has nothing to do
with breast cancer mortality I just want to make that clear but the second
finding is less easy to explain away they found that vegetarians and over
twice the risk of dying from degenerative brain diseases like all
what first of all the fact that the only two differences were more vegetarian
deaths that’s upsetting and itself but what’s this about vegetarians having
twice the risk of dying from mental and neurological disease when when hi first
fathers these have just got to be some kind of weird random flukes run it
because it doesn’t make any sense well these the latest published results
but you know it actually takes like a year to go to publication so these this
data’s like years old by now you know every five years all the experts I’m
vegetarian nutrition get together and hold an International Congress on
vegetarian nutrition and the last one with hey this last year April 2002 hey
so is there anything new under the vegetarian Sun yes indeed preliminary
results from a study released twice the size 17,000 vegetarian this so-called
epic study out of Europe started in 1993 so we’ve been waiting almost 10 years
for results to start trickling out well last year they trickle ready for the
results once again vegetarians had the same
mortality rate that universally confirming the other study and okay but
what about this what about the brain disease thing I mean that has just got
to be some kind of weird fluke sadly no there was only one significant
difference this time between the mortality rates of vegetarians and meat
eaters and that was that vegetarians had a 50% greater risk of dying from brain
disorder now right now all the smug vegans in the room are thinking I know
what’s going on I didn’t milk just liquid meat all that saturated fat and
cholesterol and indeed dairy is the number one source of saturated fat in
the American diet in aren’t eggs like a little cholesterol but the one that are
doing so hot dragging down the average write separate
out the vegans and then you see a little longevity baby you know well
unfortunately neither of these two studies separated out the vegans all
right so where can we turn well this is the latest research both published and
unpublished what about the best you know the best research we have today probably
this study published in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition called mortality
and vegetarians and non-vegetarians and what these twelve researchers did we
took all the biggest and best studies to date and kind of pooled all the data
together so they took a decade of mortality data from 28,000 vegetarians
from Germany the UK and California and found no survival advantage for
vegetarians what about vegans Daria we don’t need
all that cheesy crap we have even a lot lower cholesterol levels right vegans
didn’t live any longer either say mortality rates as ladies Wow there must
be something really working against being as if we can die those kind of
heart disease rates with such low low cholesterol level now this isn’t the
end-all be-all though it had 28,000 vegetarians only had a few hundred
millions this new epic study out of Europe has thousands of vegans will
become the best soon becomes the best study on vegan human history
unfortunately having seen some of the preliminary data and spoken to the
principal investigators over there there’s no reason to suspect that the
results will come out any different than what we see right here and in fact just
last month the results from the famous German Heidelberg study were released
2,000 people fall for 21 years and the vegetarians live longer than the vegan
and those who ate meat on occasion outlasted them all all right before I go about exploring
these findings I would just like to throw up a third fine and like to
investigate today and so roll up is right osteoporosis has reached epidemic levels
in this country 10 million Americans particularly women suffer from this
disease now if you compare the bone mineral density of vegetarians to medius
about the same now in some studies the bone mineral density of vegans has not
been as good but you know that’s just bone mineral density is only one
indicator of bone health you also want to know is if someone’s actually more
likely to break something so hip fracture rate if we consider kind of
like the gold standard in terms of an indicator for bone health but just
there’s never been any studies of hip fracture rates and vegetarians I don’t
think we can conclusively say much about vegetarian bone health
yeah we could estimate based on bone mineral density we’re probably doing
pretty good but again we didn’t have any Studies on hip fracture rates in
vegetarians until now presented for the first time in the Congress last year in
a study of thousands of California seventh-day adventists vegetarians had
over twice the hip fracture rate as needed so this is the third finding I’d
like to investigate with everyone today let’s start with this the first finding
about longevity right now this is to say we couldn’t necessarily live longer
right remember our cholesterol levels our blood pressure and all that we have
a tremendous potential for decreasing our disease risk but something is
getting in our way what is it about vegetarian and vegan
diets that’s increasing our risk of dying so much that is counteracting kind
of all of our natural benefits what is it and just as importantly can we change
it and the good news is about time is a good news and the good news is is that
yes we think we know exactly what’s going on and yet with but a few
Changez not only will we reclaim all of our natural vegetarian advantage but we
may surpass our highest expectations turns out there are two major things
about vegetarian diets and we are going to nail both of them today as an aside
though I mean just because we don’t seem to lose longer even as we are known are
as we are now with no changes just because vegetarians don’t seem to live
longer doesn’t mean they’re not healthier I mean vegetarians do have
lower rates of obesity high blood pressure diabetes you know colon cancer
heart disease appendicitis the list goes on and on so it still makes sense to go
vegetarian even if just for health reasons alone so it still makes sense to
go vegetarian even if just for health reasons alone but you know you think
with all that we have some kind of survival advantage right what is it
about vegetarian particularly vegan diets and increasing our risk so much
it’s cancelling out our potential what are we lacking in our diets what are we
deficient in well to begin our detective story quest when my thinking what other
risk factors are there besides you know cholesterol high blood pressure diabetes
all that because we’re kicking pushing although well to answer that question
one might ask well what interventions have been shown to decrease heart
disease risk right not eating meat didn’t seem to help my job so what has
been shown to help well if you take people have already have a heart attack
and therefore at high risk of having another one and you put them on
cholesterol-lowering drugs their risk of subsequently having another heart attack
and dying drops by about 20 percent yeah but for those at high risk high
risk – 20 percent is still high risk so then they gave people fish oil capsules
drop their risk of subsequently dying by about 30 percent not bad but just cut to
the chase I mean like what’s the best results anyone ever got
well there was this one study and with heart disease mortality dropped over 70%
cancer death rates were cut in half – what did they do
researchers are sitting around one day in france looking at heart disease data
evidently something research is doing friends they’re looking a graph of heart
disease mortality versus cholesterol levels and not surprisingly the graph
looks like this right the more cholesterol you have in your blood too
high your risk of dying RZ we’ve known about this forever right so let’s say
this data from the United States now but when you did this exact same thing but
charted people lived in the Mediterranean region of Europe you’ve
got a different graph you got this now know this same relationship right I’m
the more cholesterol you have in your blood the higher your risk of dying from
heart disease but check this out at the exact same cholesterol level those
living in southern Europe around the Mediterranean have much lower rates of
heart disease well that’s kind of weird so the so they said what the heck I say
what the heck in French but they took these 600 heart patients and put half of
them on a Mediterranean diet put the other half on a so called the American
Heart Association strict prudent step to diet and what was become known as the
famous Leone diet heart trial after just two years the survival benefit was so
extreme in the Mediterranean group that they had to stop the study prematurely
an ethics committee came in and said it was just tool and ethical to keep
feeding people the American Heart Association died because there were so
many more deaths in that group and the results appeared quick to the survival
advantage after just one year you could already see the results whereas in those
cholesterol-lowering drug trials it took like three to four years to get that
wimpy little 20% benefit and now Oh after two years 70% drop in cardiac
more town all right so researchers took blood from everyone analyze your diets
trying to fire what it was about this diet that had such a magical effect so
we have the Mediterranean group and the control group so the first thing that it
was looked at cholesterol levels and after all cholesterol is the single
biggest risk factor for our heart disease and found that after two years
on this American Heart Association diet their average cholesterol was 239 what’s
your cholesterol supposed to be a lot less than that absolutely whereas in the
Mediterranean group after two years on the Mediterranean diet their average
cholesterol was 239 exactly the same we take 70% less cardiac mortality and the
exact same miserable cholesterol what’s going on so they looked at everyone’s
dad what are these people eating right what’s the Mediterranean group eating a
lot more fish or something is not supposed to be good for your heart will
no the Mediterranean group was not eating significantly more fish what they
were eating more of they’re eating more fruits more vegetables more beans more
whole grains less meat no we said we need that we’re not 70% less cardiac
mortality what’s the nail well digging a little deeper they think
they found the deal one of the most significant differences between the
Mediterranean group in the control group was what’s called in omega-6 to omega-3
ratio the omega-6 to omega-3 ratio the control group was 20 and the
Mediterranean group it was 4 all right well
what’s the mega six what’s omega-3 and why is the ratio make any difference
well fats and oils are made up of constituents called fatty acids and you
know there are three types of fatty acids there are the so called saturated
fat and you know the saturated fats are what’s found these are fats are solid at
room temperature so these are like lard tallow the animal butter fat using the
animal fat and also some of the tropical oils like coconut oil and palm kernel
oil and these are bad for you bad and the second type of set the second type
of fatty acids so called monounsaturated fats you know monounsaturated fats are
what’s found in nuts avocados olive oil and canola oil and these are liquid at
room temperature mice all in the fridge now you’re all will gets a little some I
saw on the fridge and then the third type of the so called polyunsaturated
fatty acids these are liquid at both room temperature and in the fridge and
you know there are two types of polyunsaturated fatty acids the
so-called Omega threes and the omega-6 Omega threes are found in dark leafy
greens walnuts hemp seeds flax seeds and flaxseed oil omega-6 is when the
other found are the other hand are found phenomenal in cotton seed oil corn oil
safflower oil and sunflower oil now to understand why this ratio makes any
difference we must take a quick diversion into the making of a heart
attack we all start out with wonderfully healthy coronary arteries when we’re
born the reason why coronary arteries are so important because they supply the
very blood supply to our heart muscle to allow it to pump with them for some
reason the inner lining of our arteries gets injured and that injury can lead to
inflammation and that inflamed area the arteries can lead to the build-up of
oxidized cholesterol then so inflammation is called the so called
fatty Street stage of atherosclerosis and that buildup of oxidized cholesterol
the so called after sclerotic plaque stage and that plaque can birth forming
a clot in your coronary arteries cutting off the blood supply to a region of your
heart and that can lead to sudden death a fatal heart rhythm or just damage your
heart and set you up for another heart attack or heart failure or all sorts of
other terrible things now up until now all the attention has been focused on
this stage you know the buildup of oxidized cholesterol you know that’s the
stage we rock at not only we have much lower cholesterol levels but because of
all the antioxidants we eat and our fruits and vegetables we keep with a
little cholesterol we do have from getting oxidized and but what about all
these other stages that we’re on mega threes come in there is is an enzyme in
our body that converts the Amega threes we eat too
a magical substance called EPA and some iepa goes on to produce magical
substance number two called DHA monounsaturated fats are good for you
these are go right what’s so great about these things well they block the
inflammation stage they even block the clot formation state they even block
this whole sudden-death thing no wonder they’re so great
Omega 6s on the other hand use this exact same enzyme to produce a
something’s called AAA and you know AAA not so great but you know we need both
of these in our diet omega-3s and omega-6s because these are so-called
essential fatty acids meaning our bodies can make them we need to take them into
our diet now up until 100 years ago our bodies we’ve been eating about roughly
equal amounts of omega-3s and omega-6s so we’ve had an Amiga six to omega-3
ratio of about one to one or one maybe two to one about equal amounts of mega
six and omega-3s in our diet you know in our body smart it knows all about this
great and not so great thing right so when we need about equal amounts of mega
threes and omega sixes this enzyme prefers omega-3 and so when you eat
about equal amounts this um this enzyme kind of makes a mega sixes waiting line
if you make a lot more of this stuff and less of this stuff in that go right but
then about a hundred years ago things started to change
guys with names like Wesson develop all sorts of new ways to industrially
produce cooking oils like cotton seed oil which are just one
loaded with omega sixes now when you when you started so over the last 100
years we’ve been our mega 6 to omega-3 ratio has been rising we’d be meeting
more and more foods contain things like cottonseed oil and corn oil and so we’ve
been really flooding our system with omega sixes and although this enzyme
does like a mega threes better when you just so whomp your body with omega sixes
this poor enzyme is overwhelmed makes you make a threes wait in line and you
make a lot more of this stuff and less of this stuff in that yeah not so great
well what’s not so great about this AAA stuff arachidonic acid well it actually
goes on in our body to produce inflammation in fact this is actually
how aspirin works aspirin blocks our body’s ability to produce inflammation
from the mega sixes we eat in our diet that’s why many health professionals
would have people at high risk for heart disease take an aspirin a day alright so
the ideal ratio intake ratio should ideally be less than 4 to 1 for omega-6
and for everyone omega-3 nice and reducing how about a mega freeze for the
good ones well yes indeed but again this enzyme prefers omega-3s such that you
can be four times as many mega sixes and only 1/4 the amount of mega threes and
you still make all the EPA and DHA you need or at least that’s the theory all
right so 4 to 1 or less well so if you look at the latest studies that
meat-eaters the ratio for meat-eaters was about 7 to 1 not so good the ratio
for vegetarians though was 10 to 1 and the ratio from vegans was 15 to 1 there
was a recent study of eating kids that found a ratio of 44 to 1 just off the
chart all right well where the most people get
their omega-3 as well in this society mostly from fish some and poultry a
little and eggs and not only are vegetarians not getting enough omega
threes but turns out in surveys that for some reason vegetarians
arguing two or three times as many mega sixes as a general population for some
reason vegetarians and vegans are just eating a lot of processed foods
containing cottonseed oil and corn oil and meat eaters can cheat the flesh of
oily fish like sardines contains preformed EPA and DHA so fish eaters
don’t have to worry so much about this ratio don’t have to worry so much about
this enzyme because they’re going to EPA and DHA directly into their diet and
that’s why you give people fish oil capsules and their risk of heart disease
drops low dying from our cheese drops about 30% that’s the reason why the
American Heart Association recommends one to two fatty fish flesh meals of a
week and that’s reason number one while vegetarians may not be doing as well as
we should okay so what’s a vegetarian to do well
how do we get our ratio down or ratio down to facilitate the making of this
stuff and lessen this stuff we’ll wait a second maybe if we ate more omega-3 and
less than megastructures that would work all right well where do we get to make
it freeze from yes indeed greens and walnuts but you would have to eat a lot
of spinach shots with walnuts every day to get your mega threes for the day
thankfully the most concentrated source of omega-3s on the planet it’s not fish
it’s flax seed flax seeds are one of the world’s original health foods and widely
prized throughout history Hippocrates use them Mahatma Gandhi
himself was right and he always when he said wherever flax seeds become a
regular food item among the people there will be better health he actually did
say that for more up-to-date reference the alternative medicine guru dr. Andrew
Weil has stated that if you just make a single change to your diet if you can
just make one change to your diet it should be to add flax seeds to your diet
all right oh well how do you eat them when you go to your natural food store
or like Starkiller product for odd and you find
them in the bulk section for 99 cents a pound there are golden ones and brown
ones nutritionally they’re identical so pick
your favorite color flax seeds come in nature’s finest packaging the hard
natural whole which keeps them fresh such that you can you you don’t even
have to refrigerate them you can keep them on your kitchen counter and
airtight container for a year and they do just fine unfortunately nature’s
finest packaging is just a little too good such they eat the whole seed it
just kind of comes out the other end doesn’t do any good so you need to go
rind them up so spice grinder coffee grinder food processor good blender will
do it you can actually buy at green star cooperative market free ground flax
seeds for three dollars a pound but a pound will last you for months how much
this stuff you actually have to eat well recommendations keep changing the NIH
disagrees of World Health Organization disagrees with Europe but I think the
research points to everyone eating one to two tablespoons of ground flaxseed
every day of your life when until you die and that’s about equivalent to
American Heart Association is one to two fatty fish flesh meals a week now and
once they ought once you do grind it then you do have to put it in the
refrigerator but ground flax seeds last for months in the refrigerator although
it should not last for months because you’re going to eat it everyday what do
you do with the stuff what’s a ground flaxseeds a light nutty powder you can
do it you can sprinkle them in your oatmeal or whatever you’re eating
throughout the day I’m you can bake with it you can make muffins breads all sorts
of things with it my current favorite is smoothie so you take two tablespoons of
flax seeds grind them up and then you know have some frozen bananas and frozen
blueberries and some nice organic soy milk these black seeds have this real
binding quality such that you get these really thick milkshake II smoothies in
fact press that binding quality you can actually use ground flax seeds to
replace eggs in baking you take one tablespoon of ground flax seeds mix it
up with three tablespoons of water and then you mix it up to soft frothy
gooey snotty and that replaces one egg in baking that’s actually the
preferred egg replacer of my favorite vegan cookbook of Joanne Stepanek like
give away all her secrets yes they do not and that’s the amazing thing about
ground flaxseed you can bake them 450 degrees for an hour and it doesn’t hurt
the omega-3 content at all which is quite surprising however that’s
not the case with the flaxseed oil and the reason I don’t recommend the
flaxseed oil is it’s more expensive goes rancid even it won’t last even a few
weeks in the fridge it tastes kind of nasty and you can’t cook with it
you can’t even heat it up for a few seconds because it destroys a mega 3 but
somehow the way nature intended in the feed you can grind the flax seeds up
bake them all you want doesn’t hurt to make triple when you
extract out the oil the Magus trees are very unstable so you have to use it like
a salad dressing or something uncooked but I think but the reason why I
strongly recommend the ground flax seeds instead of flax seed oil is because
you’re missing out on all the other wonderful nutrients that are found in
the flexing flax seeds are also a wonderful source of soluble fiber and
boron these wonderful pilot westerns called lignans
anti tumour anti-inflammatory anti-cancer properties just amazing
things which you miss when you just take out the oil any way you cut it
flax seeds I think are really the best way to get your mega squeeze in many
ways better than getting them from fish just bite you for murdering them fishies
load up your body with toxic heavy metals like lead and mercury and DDT and
PCBs in fact concerns over mental retardation and birth defects has led
the FDA and the EPA to recommend that pregnant breastfeeding women and small
children limit their intake of fish in this country fish is a real food
disaster from food safety point of view consider everything hepatitis the
cholera certainly overfishing is a global environmental disaster not to
mention the poor fishing so when a fish eating woman comes into my office I’ve
just got to hold up my hand and say just Aflac man
okay now if you look at the diagram you see that’s really only half the story
yes we have to increase our mega threes but we also have to decrease our mega
sixes thankfully that’s totally easy oh afterwards we go home tonight and if we
have any of the following oils if you have any of the following oils you house
cottonseed oil corn oil safflower oil or sunflower oil you are in need of an oil
change you should throw them the hell out and instead if you use oils in your
baking it’s in cooking which you don’t have to but if you do usual what else
should you use instead are we go all those the mono unsaturated oils the
single best oil is olive but it does have a distinctive taste which may not
be appropriate for all your cooking needs and so canola oil particularly I
recommend organic canola oil because of the GMO issue is second choice okay so
anyway back to that lil die of heart travel how did they decrease their ratio
from 20 down to four exactly where we want to remember four to one all they do
is they sat down with everyone at the beginning of the study for a half an
hour and said look go home whatever fats and oils you’re having your house throw
away and replace it with all of them canola that’s all they did
and when 20 down to four exactly where we want so you know we could do that all
right now see they didn’t have to eat fresh because both sides reading fish
but imagine what we did we could do we took our flesh got rid of oils on top of
our cholesterol remember they had 70 cent drop and then miserable cholesterol
levels right we are just gone out below normal life
all right going back to here you’ll see you know we have a lot of omega-6 in our
diet and not a lot of mega threes it might lead to more inflammation in our
body and that’s why a lot of people with inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid
arthritis etc actually take like flaxseed oil therapeutically in large
doses to to kind of tip their balance over to the non inflammatory side and
things you know we’re finding more and more diseases tend to have an
inflammatory component to them diseases like Alzheimer’s disease the study
suggested those people who are taking chronic aspirin long term for whatever
reason have five times less Alzheimer’s disease now no one should take con
gasps and long-term without a prescription I think but what we can do
is again we can tip the balance over to the non-inflammatory side eating more
omega-3s less than mega sixes so am I saying that the same dietary changes
going to decrease our risk of heart disease is also going to decrease our
risk of heart of Alzheimer’s as well yes indeed all right so we have explored the
first reason why vegetarians aren’t living up to our potential or more
actively kind of out to our potential reason number two is probably even more
important let’s go back to this heart disease flowchart here you know as
vegetarians and vegans we are blocking this step the buildup of oxidized
cholesterol so we as vegetarians vegans take our flat get rid of those we are
going to be blocking heartsease at every turn here here here here well yeah every
turn except here wouldn’t be cool there some way we could block this whole
deadly cascade in the first place reason number two is homocysteine the
homocysteine story started in 1968 when a Boston pathologist by the name of Cole
McCulloch saw these two kids always bad when the follow to seat people cuz that
means they’re dead an eight-year-old boy and a two month old infant both died of
massive strokes turns out they both had a genetic defect which led to abnormally
high levels of this toxic metabolite called homocysteine which led to these
damage cholesterol clogged arteries these little kids you know dr. McCulloch
sat down said you know I wonder if this homocysteine stuff has some role to play
in the adults heart disease as well well he you know like many brilliant
discoveries in the medical field he was laughed at and ridiculed for years but
now we know now we know that homocysteine is a vascular toxin meaning
it directly damages our blood blood vessels even moderately elevated levels
of this toxic substance have been just been shown to be a set up for heart
disease so now the goal is to have a
homocysteine level under 10 this is just micro moles per liter it’s kind of how
we measure it again this is a toxic substance we want low levels in our
blood and so if you look at data from 2001 for example mean eaters have an
average click average homocysteine level of well not so good what ovo-lacto
vegetarians had a homo Savage homocysteine level of 16 and vegans 19
houston we have a problem seems that people with homocysteine levels as high
as 16 our threefold risk of dying from a heart attack it’s been estimated that if
we just had a 5 point drop in homocysteine levels in this country we
would save the lives of 56,000 americans every year and as bad as vegetarians
have it there seems to be an epidemic of the so called hyper homocysteine nimi or
too much homocysteine in the blood of vegan and it’s not just a vascular toxin
it’s a neurotoxin as well it kills brain cells people with homocysteine levels
over 14 are four times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease so this
almost routine is where we think the bulk of the blunting of our heart
disease benefit comes from that’s homocysteine is also where we think that
our increased rates of degenerative brain disease come from as well because
of our dangerously high levels of homocysteine in the same thing with
heart disease yes we have less oxidized cholesterol but we have so much more in
this initial injury that is cancelling out our benefits homocysteine is not
just a vascular toxin and a neurotoxin though it’s been linked to stroke risk
age-related hearing loss birth defects miscarriages blood clots cognitive
decline depression the list goes on and on and you know this is data from 2000
what we’ve got new data now 2002 this study came out you know me neither
we’re stuck up at 12 not so hot vegetarians ovo-lacto vegetarians an
average homocysteine levels 17 though and vegans 27 so two questions alright
one when the heck are we so high into how to actually get rid of it well
homelessness is a natural byproduct of amino acid metabolism meaning it builds
up in every single person every single day on this earth and our body has three
ways by which by which it gets rid of this stuff three pathways by which it
neutralizes this toxic substance into less harmful substrates pathway number
one involves a vitamin called vitamin b6 pathway number two involves a dietary
component called choline and no pathway 3 actually uses two vitamins one’s
called folic acid or folate and the other is called vitamin b12 pretty much everyone gets enough vitamin
b6 is found widely through animal and plant foods same thing with choline
found widely to the animal and plant kingdom but you know folate is found
almost exclusively in plant foods and the vitamin b12 as many of you know is
found almost exclusively in animal-derived foods this folate is
reason why meat eaters are stuck up at 12 right you just not eating enough
fruits and vegetables I’m getting out folic acid but this vitamin b12 is the
reason we have such terrible rates of hyper homocysteine we have such
dangerous levels of homocysteine more and more evidence is accumulating that
we vegetarians and beings are just not getting enough vitamin b12 to adequately
lower our homocysteine levels and it turns out for vegans some vegans aren’t
even getting enough b12 to avoid the classic b12 deficiency disease right you
should be thought you don’t need to worry about your b12 because you need
too little and and you know it’s kind of on
everything that’s stored up for years what’s the big deal
severe irreversible brain damage that’s the big deal well what about herbivores
like a relic they don’t take no beat well they seem to be doing pretty good
well they also eat bugs dirt and feces if you also want to eat bugs urban you
may also not have to worry about your b12 what if for whatever reason you
choose not to you need to get your b12 contrary to possible vegan miss clinical
b12 deficiency meaning symptomatic b12 deficiency is not uncommon and I will
spare you the gruesome scare story so the vegans that have died when blind
were paralyzed because of not enough b12 do we want articles in the medical
literature published with titles like subacute combined degeneration of the
spinal cord and a 14-year old due to a strict vegan diet poor vegan can fili
got paralyzed right even one of these is way too many right so the evidence is
perfectly clear you either eat b12 fortified foods or take b12 supplements
I’ll need four to five foods their partner goes I get all the b12 I need
from from fermented foods like tempeh and miso and C vegetables no you dumb
recipe thought that lots of plant foods had b12 in it but actually we were using
a faulty test we’re using a test that didn’t differentiate between active b12
and he’s so-called inactive b12 analogs which look like b12 to the test
but actually unusable by our body so it actually we do take in these this b12
analyzed it may actually kind of clog up our b12 machinery and act as anti b12
they say can I just go into my organic backyard garden kind of pull up a carrot
not scrub all the dirt off if I may turn your attention to one of the most
prestigious sources of vegetarian nutrition on some vegetarian nutrition
and health letter at alumni Linda University March 2002 they had a great
article called the ten most common myths about vegetarian diets and
number one was drumroll please vegetable growing to be twelve rich soil can meet
vitamin b12 nee it’s a mess it’s not true
okay so I’ll get into the nitty-gritty exactly how we should get our b12 in
just one moment I cannot help but mention one last studies results from
really landmark study released last year at the Congress by this Australian
researcher took all these vegetarians who had low b12 levels and had them fill
out a wellbeing questionnaire kind of how you’re feeling how you’re doing
what’s your mood and then given b12 for a couple months and I haven’t come back
fill out the survey again and found that those whose b12 levels rose have highly
significant improvements in well-being compared like the sugar pill group so
and they felt better they just had more reserved energy in fact my favorite
anecdote is from Alex her chef she said president of farm founded meet out day
president of the animal rights conferences he told me was feeling tired
and sluggish then he took his b12 and it was like wham and his words quote the
effect was almost immediate and remarkable my stamina and energy level
are up and I feel middle-aged again instead of a tired old man so take your
b12 odds are you’ll feel better you’re almost 15 levels will go down and
you’ll reduce your risk of getting paralyzed demented and dead all for just
pennies a day you cannot get too much b12 you just kind of get expensive urine
so user you cannot take too much b12 now your body can only absorb a certain
amount so you can’t just go a couple months and take whole bottle right but
you need a regular reliable source but no you cannot get too much b12 you just
kind of excrete it out and no in fact pregnant women really need to get b12
cuz they’re getting b12 for – and what about lacto-ovo well although lacto
vegetarians those who eat eggs and dairy regularly probably get enough b12 to
avoid the outright b12 deficiency disease but aren’t getting enough b12 to
adequately lower their homocysteine levels it’s kind of like vitamin C and
scurvy to avoid scurvy the vitamin C deficiency disease
you just need like six milligrams of vitamin C a day like nothing right now
but if you actually want a functioning immune system and all the other one of
the things I vitamin C in foods does well you need like ten times I like 60
or hundred milligrams a day see that which you need to avoid deficiency is
not necessarily what you need for optimum health the same thing with
vitamin b12 about 25% of all over lack of vegetarians have a functional b12
deficiency meaning their homocysteine levels are just too high and that figure
may be more like 80% for vegans have been vegan for two or more years so b12
deficiency is actually not uncommon at all in the vegetarian community but it
needs be so right nothing’s written in stone all we need to do is get our b12
and there is endless studies have already been published you take a bunch
of vegetarians vegans you give them b12 and when their homocysteine levels
dropped like a rock down to eight not up at 12 now the only reason the
meat-eaters are stuck up at 12 is because they’re not eating enough fruits
and vegetables right but we can take advantage of our folate intake right and
as soon as we get our b12 lammed down to eight down into the safety zone and meat
eaters are catching on this in a recent study called vegan diet based lifestyle
program rapidly lowers almost fifteen level it took these vegans I’m sorry
excuse me they took these meat-eaters put them on a vegan diet for one week
one frickin week in front of those of us almost system levels have their
homocysteine levels dropped by over 20% The Beacon diet is like magic when I
leave we’re meteor so they’re like v12 coming out their ears right I mean but
it’ll all they need with some fruits and vegetables to bring your homocysteine
levels down but imagine what we could do we get our flax get rid of those oils
take our b12 on top of our cholesterol levels or our blood pressure and all
that we are just going to walk all oh alright so what we need to do to fight
homocysteine vitamin b12 in four to five b12 fortified foods or supplements if
you want to do supplements there’s kind of two ways you can do them weekly or
daily probably the simplest method is to to up one
twelve tablets containing two thousand micrograms or more once a week so you
can go down to Green starkov and get these five thousand micrograms tablets
and so you can cut them in half and just take one half of one of those pills once
a week share a bottle with your friend comes out to be about five bucks a year
pick a day of the week you know I know might be 12 days Monday I know every
Monday I got to update the mad-cow page take my b12 and it’s kind of part of my
life you know that’s what b12 is indeed water-soluble you K if you take high
enough doses you can take once a week because your liver actually stores it up
although you can certainly if you don’t like to take so if it’s hard for you to
remember to take something once a week and rather get in the habit of taking
something once a day then you have to take much less 100 micrograms once a day
so if you have a multivitamin or something you take once a day you check
to see it has 100 micrograms or more of vitamin b12 and all b12 thank you for
that question all b12 in supplements and fortified foods is vegan its bacteria
derived it’s all they just put it in same steel stainless steel tank none of
it is animals arrived it’s just too expensive so having said that some of
the other filler ingredients might not be vegetarian I have gelatin the capsule
or something but but the b12 itself is vegan all right now for those of you who
don’t like taking supplements when you can get all of the vitamin b12 you need
by eating for two b12 fortified foods the whole thing you have to remember is
if you rely exclusively on b12 fortified foods you need to get at least two
servings a day separated by like six hours so if in the morning you have a
couple b12 fortified 4 ml then you know in the afternoon or evening you can have
something else with with b12 like a teaspoon of the Red Star vegetarian
support formula nutritional yeast or a lot of the you know fake meats and and
and you know rice milks and soy milks and breakfast cereals corn flakes Raisin
Bran grape nothing they all have vitamin b12 in them you just have to read your
labels what about ovo-lacto how much b12 and
eggs and dairy will you happy like five eggs a day or three
glasses of milk that’s an awful lot of saturated fat and cholesterol surely
would not recommend that okay I don’t see Memphis did you come in with stack
of oh there they are back here I don’t think I have time to cover some of the
other things like osteoporosis or chromium copper iron iodine magnesium
rifle in selenium or zinc cell I typed up all my cuts of chase recommendations
and we will pass them out as we speak and run through them before I conclude
and take questions all right that will be as that’s going around the
room dr. Michael clapper in part based on a vegan Health Study describes the
status of minerals in the diets of many vegetarians and vegans as
underappreciated under consumed and under absorb if you’d like to read what
dr. clapper says about mineral status our mineral status I encourage everyone
to read this very important article which is found online on the bottom of
that you’ll see it on your handout when you get it or of course you don’t have
internet access you can use the library although it’s probably only open for
about two minutes we’ll hear the ding or you can of course read it up here I have
it copy up here all right so everyone almost everyone have it let’s start at
the top here vitamin b12 and the mega threes we talked about that fortunately
didn’t get to talk about all the juicy stuff about VHA suffice to say if you
are even contemplating getting pregnant or are diabetic you should take 300
milligrams of DHA every day such that your baby gets it from months before
ideally months before conception throughout weaning and there are
vegetarians vegan sources in veggie caps available it may actually be reasonable
for all non-fish users to take DHA it is an unanswered research question at this
point that is in addition to flexi for diabetics and pregnant and breastfeeding
moms yes indeed and and may be and may be appropriate for everyone that’s an
unanswered question next get everyone have a copy get your
vitamin D major study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
last summer found quote irrefutable evidence that vitamin D deficiency is a
major unrecognized epidemic in the United States are you saying in like
just a sunshine vitamin can go on just get a little sunshine not in Africa not
during the winter unfortunately during the months of January and February the
sun’s rays at this latitude are at such an angle that no matter how long you
sunbathe naked urine if occurred during January and February you are just not
going to make enough vitamin D so you need to get it into your diet one can
actually get an entire day supplied naturally in a few mushrooms shiitake
mushrooms and chanterelle mushrooms actually have natural vitamin D in dumb
but you have to be like a dozen mushrooms a day certainly there’s a lot
of vitamin D fortified foods like the soy milk and rice mills and other
motherless milks out there as well as breakfast buy breakfast cereals may come
in handy here and if you’re not pasty white or don’t want to die of skin
cancer so correctly use sunscreen or you’re young or you’re old or if you own
a cable modem or don’t get outside for whatever reason you may want to take
vitamin D in your diet year-round and not just during the winter okay and so
for vitamin D the current recommendation is 200 international units a day for up
to age 50 450 to 70 and over age 70 on 600 nationals although all of those are
probably going up so probably everyone needs a minimum 400 national units
although the Institute of Medicine hasn’t ruled on that yet all right next
seven hundred to a thousand milligrams a day of calcium wait a second I thought
we didn’t need all that calcium because we don’t eat all that calcium leaching
animal protein all right well if I may point you back to the ten most common
myths about vegetarianism all tech online you can see it the URL is on the
bottom of that handout and this number two is vegetarians need
less calcium than meeting its on this it’s not true and I don’t have a lot of
time to talk about of calcium although I certainly can do in question and answer
I would refer everyone to this very important article with by Jenny Messina
called hip fracture rates and vegan calcium needs and again that articles
online or up here so are you eating three cups of kale a day three cups of
bok choy three cups of collards well you should that’s how everyone should get
their calcium or drinking three cups of calcium fortified soy milk or three cups
of calcium for our orange juice you know if you’re not you’re probably not
getting your recommended daily intake of calcium so you may want to take a
calcium supplement be happy to talk about calcium supplements if people are
interested at the end now you could bring the milk from a cow but
nutritionally cow milk is not the best source of calcium it doesn’t have lots
of the wonderful things that dark green leafies have that are very important for
your bone health like vitamin K and boron and vitamin C all important for
bone health but missing in dairy milk and it’s dark leafy greens don’t have a
lot of things that you don’t want like the saturated fat and cholesterol and
antibiotics and hormones and puffs and all those other things that we don’t
want to milk and retinol vitamin A palmitate this animal derived vitamin A
that’s added to the low-fat milk supply and it’s thought to critically weaken
people’s bones that’s why in the Harvard nurses study which looked at over 68,000
women found that those who drank the most milk had the most fractures and the
reason they think is because the low Padma there were all health conscious of
drinking low-fat milk right because they don’t want to die of heart disease
during your low-fat milk and low-fat milk heads this vitamin A palmitate or
retinol added to it and it’s thought to interfere with bone metabolism and
that’s why we think the seventh-day adventists vegetarians out in California
we’re breaking their hip so often because there are all health-conscious
drinking lots of low-fat milk and that was weakening their bone we won’t know
that until the it’s actually published but that’s the leading hypothesis
at the moment iodine alarming a race of iodine deficiency has been found among
British vegans because they don’t iodized salt over there now the British
milk drinkers were protected because they use iodine containing disinfectants
to disinfect a milk processing tanks and kind of leeches into the most kind of
growth but low iodine intake can lead to hypothyroidism which can lead to high
cholesterol and I almost esteem so if you don’t use iodized salt or EG
vegetable right or drink milk you need to get iodine from somewhere and so you
may want to take a supplement or or eat them up from sea vegetables if you’re
one of those that uses natural sea salt don’t if you use table salt is not good
idea for your health but if you use table thought you should use iodized
table salt convenient way to get your iodine and the best article i’ve seen to
date on this is this written by steve awesome vegan society and so again this
iodine article is available online and up here as well iron given the new rdas
in the united states would seem the only way a vegetarian woman to get enough
iron is to eat rusty nails every day and indeed nine out of ten studies done in
western vegetarians have found that vegetarians are more likely to be iron
depleted have lower iron stores but we don’t seem to have slower rate higher
rates of iron deficiency anemia that’s really what we’re worried about but just
because vegetarian women don’t have higher rates of iron deficiency anemia
than meat-eaters doesn’t mean a whole heck of a lot because meteors have such
crappy rates in the first place basically one in 20 menstruating women
in this country have iron deficiency anemia which is a serious disease so
vegetarian women eat your beans greens grains and nuts and eat vitamin C rich
foods with your meals which enhances iron absorption as well as getting
yourself screened for an email every year over a few years like when you get
your PAP and men you shouldn’t do anything unless first being tested for
an iron overload disease called hemochromatosis if you think you’re
anemic you should really get tested I don’t think anyone should just take iron
supplements without up description selenium works as important
cancer-fighting antioxidants a problem for Northern European vegetarians
because they have selenium deficient so not a problem for North American
vegetarians but if anyone has any British Belgium Swedish or Slovakian
vegetarian friends you may want to time to eat some Brazil nuts every month
all right not a day to go by without everyone eating green beans nuts whole
grains and fresh fruit aren’t so what’s so good about greens what’s not good
about green stay healthy a single thing that we can possibly eat eating just one
serving of dark leafy greens or broccoli every day and you cut your risk of hip
fracture in half I am just in awe of greens you should eat them every day
while we’re on the subject of best and worth the greens are the best thing we
can eat you want to know what the most toxic or dangerous food or food
ingredient in our current food supply is the worst sugars bad but there’s worth soda is bad but there’s worse coffee
yeah a lot of coffee is bad but there’s worse set it up solves not good but
there’s worse saturated fat is bad right bad but there’s worse why powered
bathroom is worse the corn oil is no good for you but
there’s worse this cannot be the first audience that I’ve been on the road
eleven months come on not good you want to breathe all right
what plutonium trans-fat hydrogenated oil all right trans fats are these toxic
trans fats are found only one place in nature animal fats all animal fats
contain these toxic trans fats but thanks to better living through
chemistry the food industry found a way to synthetically create these toxic fats
by hardening vegetable oil in a process called hydrogenation which rearranges
their atoms and makes them act more like animal fats and the maximal so there’s
you know good fats are bad fat then there are killer fats and those are
these trans fats the National Academy of Science just a few months ago concluded
had this damning published this damning report on trans fats and said the only
safe intake is zero that the upper limit tolerable intake daily is zero now wait
a second if the National Academy of Sciences saying the only safe intake is
zero and it’s only found in animal foods and processed foods are they telling
everyone to go vegetarian right I said well you know actually they didn’t so
they were challenged on it and one of the authors of the report responds to
the challenge a nutritional epidemiologist at Harvard School of
Public Health respond to the challenge and he said quote we can’t tell people
to stop eating all meat and all dairy products he said well we could tell
people to become vegetarians he added if we were truly basing this only on
science we would but it is a bit extreme and amazing wouldn’t want scientists to
base anything on fire would we oh I decide to get that out all right what’s
uh good about beans study just came out those who ate legumes beans peas or
lentils four times a week or more had 20% less heart disease all right
beans beans are good for your heart the more you eat those who ate nuts and
these five times a week had half the mortality rate half the cardiac
mortality those are eight five servings of nuts or
more a week and for those who are like oh I don’t eat nothing because they’re
going to make me fat actually there’s an impressive body research to suggest that
those people who add nuts to their diet if anything actually lose weight we’re
not sure why whether it’s satiates the appetite or actually cause you to
excrete more fat in your feces we’re not sure why but bottom line nuts will not
make you fat you should eat them every day all right basically any knots except coconuts and
chestnuts so and peanuts although they’re technically legumes have a
nutritional profile which closely resembles other nuts and so again any
nuts nut butters cashew butter on the butter there’s some nuts are a little
better than other ones but basically nuts or nuts and if I could go
specifically down to a list of better and worse later on next studies also
consistently show that even health-conscious vegetarians don’t eat
the recommended minimum number of servings of fruits and vegetables every
day which is oh not bad right we have five and I heard five a day saying you
know five a day that was a few months ago but the front row knows right the
National Cancer Institute just a few months up to two nine a day minimum
right nine you thought you weren’t doing some good before now you’re really
behind right yes minimus of nine to day 10 and a 12 a day as many fruits and
vegetables as you can possibly stuff in your face
all right next yeah yeah yeah drink lots of bottle no seriously
seventh-day adventists study presented to Congress last year vegetarian or not
those that drink five glasses of water every day have half the cardiac
mortality half the fatal stroke rate idea you don’t need me nothing having to
eat some nuts drink some water you have your mortality
rate absolutely amazing while we’re on the subject for anything
else I can just kind of down-and-dirty have the mortality rate well take the in
the German vegan study for example they found out that those who were
quote-unquote who surprise surprise physically active had half the mortality
rates of those couch potatoes or computer potatoes or whatever the case
may be and maybe get your cholesterol checked who knows what your cholesterol
is Oh everybody should know if their cholesterol is the current
recommendations everyone starting at age 20 should get their cholesterol checked
and get it recheck every five years and quit smoking cigarettes slice at least
like eight years of your life all right last but not least Z is for zinc and
mention anything specifically about zinc on there because once again greens beans
nuts and whole grains to the rescue vegetarians though are prone to low body
zinc pools however my inadequate zinc intake can impair one’s immunity impair
one’s taste sensation and impair one’s appetite serious deficiency can lead to
growth stunting or small testicles no one’s actually gone around and measured
the size of vegetarian testicle but there was a no but there was a taste
acuity study that found that vegetarians couldn’t taste as well as meaning now
I’ve kissed a few and I think vegetarians tastes pretty good but no
indeed we should think about zinc and while I’m being risque especially men
since we lose like 20% of our RDA for thinking every seminal a mission that’s
a good half cup of nuts right there so I’m serious beans
sprouted or fermented like tempeh and miso nuts and seeds again dry roasted or
sprouted are good sources and again four to five breakfast cereals may come in
handy here as well alright my final word you know when I
will first learn about this stuff my first thought was like she doesn’t see
natural reality pills weird oils and stuff I mean like when human beings were
evolving in taking out calcium supplements right well you know I looked
at that I mean they certainly weren’t getting it from milk prehistoric peoples
got all the calcium they needed from eating wild plants like metals which are
just loaded with calcium it’s estimated that prehistoric peoples
got 2,000 milligrams of calcium every single day eating wild plant spring
that’s three times when milk drinkers get in this country right but we just
don’t eat those kind of plants anymore because the way we live in our modern
world cavemen didn’t have to take no blacks
right well again that’s because their ratio was one to one there’s no such
thing as trans fats no such thing as cottonseed oil right and interestingly I
mean the wild plants have higher omega-3 content than the cultivated ones so for
example purslane the most common plant in the world dug up here is a weed
whatever else they eat it does so good for you is one of the highest plan to
make a3 contents in the world you know we don’t eat weeds anymore we eat
iceberg lettuce right and then didn’t have to take no vitamin B that’s because
they lived and worked outside that’s because they could work outside because
it wasn’t big hole in the ozone layer you know there one thing smog ridden
cities and all that you know I didn’t have to take no b12 you know we used to
be able to get all the b12 we needed water we drank you know drinking out of
a mountain stream or well water you know but we don’t get a lot of b12 anymore
and our water cuz we chlorinate our water supply to kill off all the
bacteria right so we don’t give a lot of vitamin b12 in our water anymore we
don’t get a lot of cholera either right that’s a good thing right but the
unabomber line is that we live in an unnatural world which is compromising
our health compromising our vegetarian potential but we can reclaim that
potential with but a few simple changes and the long life and
somehow thank you the question was well wait a second can
you just I mean it doesn’t have to be five glasses of liquid a day or can it
specifically water it what about tea and juice this study so the answer is we
don’t know the study asked specifically glasses of water or glasses of non water
right and it found out that those who drank five glass of water had half the
mortality rate but those that drank other liquids other than water that big
category actually had increased mortality rate probably custody and you
know that we’re drinking soda and milk and some other things right so basically
we don’t know I would assume that herbal tea would I mean is equivalent to water
I mean it just makes sense to me but but I mean that’s an unanswered research
question we really don’t know what about soy soy has been eaten happily by entire
civilizations for thousands of years soy is thought to reduce one’s risk of heart
disease reduce one’s risk of osteoporosis and reduce one’s risk of
some of the reproductive cancers like breast cancer and prostate cancer right
now there has been some that some kind of critical studies come out against the
way most of them however are based on laboratory animal data for example there
study there was this recent study that found that infant rats don’t grow so
well on soy milk or or on soy formula yeah but infant rats don’t grow well on
human breast milk either so that means we shouldn’t give babies breasts I mean
that’s ridiculous right they are freaking rats right so and so on so I
give very little credence to that kind of to that kind of work now the there’s
only really one disturbing human study on period that’s the Honolulu Heart
Study which was a good study took thousands people follow them out for
decades and did find that those who ate tofu in midlife actually had accelerated
cognitive decline later in life so we’re not trying to Alzheimer’s or dementia
but actually the people did did like word puzzles and stuff as if
were three years older so the 70 year old actually completed tests like they
were 73 if they happen to eat coke

28 Comments

  1. If you don't like Dr. Greger's voice, turn the volume down and put on closed captioning/subtitles. This video is very important to listen/watch.

  2. Good day I was watching this video and then my neighbor came and we watched it together. He said this post really changed his life and it touched my heart. My village people are so grateful. Am proud to say cool post wow thanks for sharing your valuable knowledge 🥰 from the villagers of kikambu

  3. I was trying to figure out the good doctor’s type of swagger in his mannerism. Seems to be a cross between John Wayne and Pee Wee Herman. Do you agree? However, his presentation was interesting.

  4. The reason vegetarians/vegans have a 50% greater risk of dying from breast cancer is has nothing to so how many children they have.It has to do with fact that they eat way more SOY than meat eaters. Soy has a substance in it that acts like estrogen in the body and raises the estrogen levels in the body. High estrogen levels in both men and women cause breast cancer,ovarian cancer and prostate cancer. My mother who was vegetarian/vegan for the last 44 years of her of life just died last week with stage 4 breast cancer.Because soy raises estrogen levels it causes preteen girls to start puberty/menstruation/breast development as young as 8 years old.

  5. it's bcuz vegans eat stupid….and dont know how to open up kidneys and drain lymphatics…..the body's sewer…so they eat stupid bagels…grains…beans and rice and many other acid foods…..so they give all vegans a bad name and have turned it into a political statement…

  6. LMFAO…this guy recommends canola oil ?!?!?
    there is no such thing as canola.
    …canola oil is made from genetically modified rape seed, rape seed is toxic to the human body

  7. ..nope, coconut oil contains omega 3 and has many other benefits.
    ..especially good for cooking as it does not turn into a chemical at cooking temperatures

  8. ..this is all old news to me, been telling people for decades that omega 6 is toxic in excessive amounts.
    ..a Dr wrote a book about the harms of omega 6 in the 1970s

  9. …flax seeds r loaded with lectins which is toxic to the human body.
    ..if u cook it slow and long then u destroy much of the lectins.
    …stick with a good quality coconut oil, avoid foods high in omega 6 and u will be just fine

  10. When is someone going to invent a medicine….which can help dissolve plaque in arteries…stentin..bypassins is not the answer.

  11. We Americans eat large quantities of meat at one sitting. Big no no. Also sad the way animals are being raised and slaughtered . I'm sure God does not approve.

  12. Been there, done that – INSULIN RESISTANCE is the thing. BTW, all cause mortality troughs out at 220 cholesterol. LOL. protein and healthy fats do not cause insulin resistance, carbs and sugars do.

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