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Diet

Guest Heretic Ken Morehead, Doctor of Chinese Medicine and Acupunturist at Oriental Health Solutions

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Guest Heretic Ken Morehead, Doctor of Chinese Medicine and Acupunturist at Oriental Health Solutions on The Nutrition Heretic podcast

Ken Morehead is a Doctor of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncturist who has a lot to say about our relationship with food. In today’s episode of the podcast, we discuss Dr. Morehead’s evolution from vegan to embracing a wide variety of whole foods including animal fats and meat.

We’ll also go into ancient and current applications of Chinese medicine and how the doctor has successfully treated breast disorders ranging from mastitis to breast cancer.

Ken Morehead, founding partner of Oriental Health Solutions, LLC, is a licensed acupuncturist in Durham, NC, licensed as a Doctor of Oriental Medicine in New Mexico, is nationally board certified as an Acupuncture Orthopedist and is one of the first acupuncturists credentialed at Duke Integrative Medicine. He is the past secretary and chairman of the NC State Acupuncture Licensing Board and an advisory board member of the Weston Price Foundation in Washington, D.C. A former member of the New Mexico licensing examination board, Mr. Morehead has lectured in New Mexico, Texas, North Carolina and Washington D.C. He is a certified GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) practitioner.

Mr. Morehead specializes in musculo-skeletal disorders and assists with cancer therapies and kidney disorders.

 

Highlights from today's episode:

05:31 ~ Are the American texts written about Chinese medicine reliable?

07:54 ~ Not taking a strict diet too seriously unless medically necessary.

12:06 ~ How frequently your diet should change?

16:00 ~ The value and harm caused by strict diets from the Chinese perspective

24:36 ~ Is Oriental Medicine still relevant today in the face of so many pesticides and chemicals?

27:51 ~ How has Chinese medicine had to change over the years?

36:02 ~ Common misconceptions about Traditional Chinese Medicine.

39:00 ~ Understanding the different manifestations of yin and yang.

41:54 ~ Why the four body types matter.

55:00 ~ Dr. Morehead’s success using needles for breast disorders.

58:07 ~ Why some of the best research is done outside of the US and why American medicine may be falling behind.

1:04:08 ~ How to find help from Oriental Health Solutions.

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Weekly Q & A: Have Your Questions Answered!

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Weekly Q & A: Have Your Questions Answered on the Nutrition Heretic!It's a New Year and it's time to try something new and branch out.  The Nutrition Heretic podcast team is working hard behind the scenes to bring you even more awesome guests in the year ahead, as well as a few surprises! On this first Weekly Q & A, Adrienne is thankful for her listeners, and shares the exciting news about her most popular book (hint: it's something to crow about).

Tune in to hear the first Weekly Q & As:

  • What is the first dietary change the Nutrition Heretic recommends.
  • What is the best/fastest way to repair gut health.
  • What Adrienne thinks about exercise for weight loss.

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Will The Real Protein Please Stand Up; Julia Ross, Author of The Diet Cure and The Mood Cure - Part II

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Julia Ross on The Nutrition HereticToday on the podcast we finish up our conversation with Julia Ross. We discuss the key differences between animal and supposed vegetable protein as well as the effect on the kidneys.  What to expect when you suddenly increase your caloric intake and answer questions from our audience. If you missed the first half of Julia's interview about the connection between mood disorders, cravings, and protein, you can catch it here.

 

Highlights from today's episode:

4:00 ~ An alternative to factory farming and positive changes in animal slaughter.

10:28 ~ Why you need to eat at least 2100 calories a day to lose weight.

17:00 ~ Diets aren't self-discipline nor will power.

23:02 ~ Julia answers questions from our audience.

Grab a copy of Julia's Books and start down the road to breaking free of diets and improve your mood.

 

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The Connection Between Diet and Mood; Julia Ross, author of The Diet Cure and The Mood Cure

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Julia Ross on The Nutrition HereticImagine a world where people whistle joyfully while walking down the street. Nutritional psychotherapist Julia Ross remembers those days and is aiming to bring them back with the contrarian information in her books “The Diet Cure” and “The Mood Cure”. In this show, we’ll learn about the connection between mood disorders, cravings, overweight and protein. We’ll also learn the real reasons why deficiencies in any of the 5 brain chemicals you need to be happy result in cravings and compulsive eating. Don't miss this follow-up up conversation with Julia Ross. We discuss what a protein really is, how the body reacts to the sudden intake of 2100 calories, and why the internet is an unreliable source of information unless you know what to look for.

Highlights from today's episode:

4:38 ~ Why people pride themselves on having a mood disorder.

17:00 ~ What a false mood is, and what you can be done about it.

25:00 ~ Which foods cause a speedball effect.

31:04 ~ Why The Biggest Losers' rebound weight gain may benefit you.

32:32 ~ How to get more amino acids.

36:00 ~ The 5 brain chemicals your brain needs to be happy. Grab a copy of Julia's Books and start down the road to breaking free of diets and improve your mood.

If you'd like to learn more about Dr. Delabos and what he's about, here's his book as well.

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Unnecessary Surgeries; Guest Tudor Pangal Author of Back Pain: How I Got Rid of It After Suffering For 20 Years

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Unnecessary Surgeries; Guest Tudor Pangal Author of Back Pain: How I Got Rid of It After Suffering For 20 Years Do you really need drastic surgery to fix your pain or are there other factors and alternatives to consider? We also look at statin drugs and what negative affects they may have on users. The truth is that every cell in your body needs cholesterol (there is no such thing as good and bad), especially as it ages and that limiting it has everything to do with declining brain function.

Author Tudor Pangal joins us to discuss how he overcame crippling back pain without surgery by taking a holistic approach to treating his chronic pain. Your mind and attitude plays a big roll in dealing with such pain and so does your lifestyle. Tudor explains how after 20 years of terrible back pain he came to the realization that he could overcome it with the right exercise and just as importantly, the right mindset.

Tudor shares some wonderful stories about using inversion and table tennis and how working on your legs, makes a guy's butt look better -- it's in his books, Back Pain: How I Got Rid of It After Suffering For 20 Years! and  We did NOT make that one up!

As well, we answer the pressing question: Is it OK to leap over a net in table tennis?

Don't forget to share the podcast with your friends and leave a review on Stitcher or iTunes!

And check out Tudor's other book in the series, Heal Your Back Pain: The Complete Roadmap - Mind, Nutrition, Exercise.

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The Real Reason People Go "Crazy"; Nourishing the Whole Self with Deborah Pell Yaffee

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The Real Reason People Go "Crazy"; Nourishing the Whole Self with Deborah Pell Yaffee If "science" doesn't know about a cure, does it really exist? In this episode, we learn how science is finally starting to catch up with the "quackery" of vitamins in fighting mental disorders and diseases.

Deborah Pell Yaffee has been a new age thinker longer than most of us have even been thinking about holistic health. Oddly enough, when people say, "it's all in your head", they are at least half right. Deborah helps us understand how we can get back to a healthier relationship with food and our bodies.

Deborah has a refreshing view on food, health and nutrition and how to make it all more "wholistic"!

Download Deborah's free gift: The HypnoChef’s ® Nutritional Cleansing Program For Body, Mind, and Spirit,

Deborah Yaffee, CH, CN is a Nutritionist and Certified Hypnosis Instructor in good standing with the National Guild of Hypnotists.  She integrates nutrition, hypnosis, energy psychology, Reiki, prayer and meditation into her consulting practice.  She is an experienced nutritional cleanse coach and enjoys serving clients worldwide via telephone sessions and email support.  Deborah is also a Senior Trainer with the Tai Chi for Health Institute.

You can contact her at her website: Labyrinth Life.

In this episode Adrienne and Deborah mentioned a couple of books about metabolism, if you're interested in finding out more, the links are below. And if you like belly dancing and want to dance to some of Adrienne's loved tunes, you'll enjoy the Best of George Abdo.

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Do You Need the D? Why Your Loved Ones Try to Sabotage You

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Do You Need the D? Why Your Loved Ones Try to Sabotage You Amy Elizabeth Gordon on the Nutrition Heretic podcast Oh My! Groundhogs to mongooses and unintentionally hilarious government health ads along with a discussion on why family and friends sometimes fail to support your attempts to improve your health and diet.

Our guest is relationship coach Amy Elizabeth Gordon who helps people address support and communication issues such as this. In our interview, Amy Elizabeth offers solid strategies for helping your friends and family cope with your new dietary needs that may appear to threaten those relationships.

You can contact Amy via her website, Amy Elizabeth Gordon.

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Lose Weight Eating Anything You Want; Pass the Poop Pills; Therapeutic Baths for Cold & Flu Season

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Lose Weight Eating Anything You Want; Pass the Poop Pills; Therapeutic Baths for Cold & Flu SeasonGuest Gina Peake discusses how she unexpectedly lost 15 lbs in 2 months after following the advice in Adrienne's bestselling book, Frenching Your Food -- all while eating the sinful foods she loves! Adrienne and Jim respond to listener requests to more clearly explain her top tips for easy weight loss from last week's episode. They also discuss desperate weight loss strategies such as "poop pills" and therapeutic baths for chasing away colds and flu.

Are you curious and want to find out more about what exactly Frenching Your Food is?  Or are you looking for new and healthy recipes to serve up for dinner?  All will be revealed in Adrienne's books:

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The Dreaded New Year's Weight Loss Resolution; Taking Small Steps for Big Results

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The Dreaded New Year's Weight Loss Resolution; Taking Small Steps for Big ResultsWhen Lynn Johnston couldn't find any help for her Fibromyalgia diagnosis from doctors, she decided to take matters into her own hands. She began researching solutions and making small changes to her diet and lifestyle to address her problems. Lynn, creator of the Small Steps to Healthy Eating program, shares with us how to tweak your diet to yield huge differences in your quality of life!

You can follow Lynn's progress on her blog, Small Steps To Big Change.

If you'd like to learn more about Lynn's healthy eating program and how create a flexible, personalized plan for yourself, you'll find it all in her book:

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Getting through the Holidays on a Diet; Sensible Weight Loss without the Hunger

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Getting through the Holidays on a Diet; Sensible Weight Loss without the Hunger

Laura Childs, co-author of The Complete Low Carb High Fat No Hunger Diet, shares her journey to effortlessly losing 75 lbs. Yes, you CAN really continue your love affair with bacon and lose weight!

She also shares her strategy for dealing with family and friends who try to shove cake, pie and dinner rolls down her throat.

If this podcast left you hungry for more, check out Laura's Low Carb High Fat No Hunger Diet.  And if you just can't give up the bread, she's also written a book with low carb bread recipes:

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Dealing with the Diagnosis of Food Allergies and Intolerances

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When Julia Stüber was diagnosed with celiac disease and a host of food allergies, she was relieved to know the source of her health problems... until her next meal. In this episode, Julia shares how she rides the roller coaster of emotions that pop up when she finds herself confronted with foods she can no longer eat and how to cope emotionally with and deal with food allergies especially during the holidays.

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Are You Eating the Conscious Diet?

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The other day at a local event, someone tried to educate me about a "conscious diet". She described it as "eating something and then forgetting it... don't keep eating that cake you had yesterday today and in the future." I almost fell over laughing because to me, this is UNconscious eating at its worst.

Modern Eating Disorders Part Five: Finding Your Salvation

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At the end of Part Four of this series, I commented about finding a solution to the myriad of eating disorders that are plaguing our society. I also suggested that moderation is a farce…and I maintain that it is. In a previous article from a few years back I looked at how most people today view moderation when it comes to their diet. In short, the moderation lecture is usually given just before someone is about to stuff their face with an anti-Food item that does little more than temporarily satisfy a sugar, alcohol or caffeine craving.

To my mind, the only way that we can really tackle this issue of eating disorders is to surround ourselves with more Food, not less and to revere and respect it for the many virtues it has and all that it enables us to do. Think about it. Until a little over 100 years ago, for all of humankind’s existence the only food were those things that came out of the ground or otherwise were raised in nature. These foods have kept our species thriving on the planet — and healthfully so — for millenia.

However today, we are wooed by fancy packaging and guys and gals in lab coats telling us that many of those things were responsible for early death. Meanwhile, they urge us to trust some other packaged good that has only been on the scene for a few decades and, in more cases than not, have not been tested for it’s impact on health. While my vegetarian friends have bought this falsified information hook, line and sinker, my paleo friends take the opposite extreme unwilling to acknowledge the role that grains and dairy have served man over the past 10,000 years thus throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

To my mind, the best models we can follow are those of successful societies. When we do so, it is important do it with an open mind and be careful not to impose our own desires and expectations upon the information they still hold.

For example, the tiny island nation of Cuba boasts one of the largest numbers of centenarians on the planet despite having a diet high in pork (especially the fat), grains and alcohol — they smoke a lot more than most people too. However, when this info is shared by government dietitians, the recommendation is always to reduce the fat and meat intake in favor of beans which are “healthier” even though Cubans have proven that eating a lot of pork with its fat can be quite healthful! Same goes, coincidentally for the traditional diets of the French, Italians, Cretans and even the Japanese! Where the diet differs from the official government recommendations, the diet is altered to be more politically correct.

I, too, was guilty of this at one time. Having lived in France and working in a French newspaper, I have long had a relationship with French culture. Over the years, my female French friends have shared with me their diet tips. Twenty plus years ago when they were telling me how they stay slim, I thought they were nuts. After all, my government sources told me that fat wasn’t good, drinking unlimited amounts of water was good and exercise would cure all. But what I found in these women is that they all did the exact opposite and easily weighed about 20-30 lbs less than I did on average. How could I have been so blind??

The sad part is that with the speed of information and different pacts being made between governments, people around the world are slowly but surely adopting the American disdain for food. And with it comes disease and dysfunction. My hope is that these people will wake up sooner to recognize their heritage and embrace the wisdom of their forebears.

Thank you so much for coming along with me on this ride. I apologize for taking so long to get it out there. If you have any reflections on this series, I’d love to hear your input on it. Please leave your comments below


About Adrienne Hew

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Adrienne Hew is a Certified Nutritionist and the Nutrition Heretic Podcast Host, but is best known online as an author of the Amazon Top 100 Bestseller 50 Ways to Eat Cock: Healthy Chicken Recipes with Balls! Receiving a certificate in Chinese dietetics in 2002 and her degree as a Certified Nutritionist in 2004, she has helped many clients and workshop attendees to decode their own health dilemmas by understanding the inconsistencies in conventional nutritional dogma. She currently resides in Hawaii with her husband and two children.

Modern Eating Disorders Part Three: Beware the Evil Grains... Really?

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In the previous installation of Modern Eating Disorders, we looked at how some people have become obsessed with the idea of clean food. Clean food being defined as any food that doesn’t come from an animal.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, many people are equally passionate about banning all grains as well as most dairy from the human diet. Enter the paleo diet.

Simply put, the paleo diet is characterized by striving to recreate the diet of our prehistoric ancestors. Meats (including fish and seafood), eggs, mostly non-starchy vegetables (depending on who you ask), nuts, seeds and berries are the stars of this menu. But grains are out and while some will permit goat milk products, cow’s milk is completely out.

In my experience, most people moving toward the paleo diet are 1) former vegans who failed miserably and became exceedingly allergic to grains as a result of relying too heavily on them or 2) fitness enthusiasts, who find that leaning towards more whole protein to the exclusion of grains and dairy have a positive effect on their results. The latter, unfortunately, often confuses this diet with conventional weight loss schemes and end up endorsing ultra-low fat versions of meat and eggs as they would never be found in nature.

While I do believe that the paleo diet has many virtues for health (I had to dive into a version of it, while recovering from illness — although at the time it didn’t have a name), for many adherents it unfortunately has taken on cult status. Paleo advocates rarely say “I don’t tolerate grains or milk.” They say “Everybody should avoid grains! We were never designed to eat them! People shouldn’t drink milk after weaning.”

The milk bias is clearly a holdover from the vegan agenda — a misunderstanding of the role of milk in the human diet as well as in the diet of other animals. Unbeknownst to most people, many mammals enjoy drinking the milk of other animals. Just ask any milk farmer and they will tell you that everybody tries to get in the barn during milking time.

As for grains, most people miss the importance that grains have played in the evolution of man. When woman (most likely) began planting and harvesting grain, it served as a form of sustaining energy from other sources (namely meat and fat) as well as a way of having something on hand to eat through months were other foods were scarce. What has changed is the way in which we eat grains today. First and foremost, in the modern era, grains bear very little resemblance to their forebears. With seed companies selectively breeding grains to influence certain traits, and hundreds of pesticides being sprayed on crops, it’s no wonder that our bodies have come to view grains as an enemy! For example, the return to ancient grains such as spelt, kamut and einkorn has been quite an eye-opener for many people who believed they were gluten intolerant (gluten being the main protein in wheat, rye, and barley). While spelt, kamut and einkorn also contain gluten, many “gluten intolerant” people are able to digest them without any ill effects.

Similarly, many people switching from conventionally produced puss and blood filled ultra-pasteurized milk available on most supermarket shelves to raw cow’s milk have found that all the health problems they associated with dairy completely disappeared.

Another change we have seen with grains over the past several decades is the way in which we prepare them. It is little secret that heavily refined, enriched white flour can wreak havoc on our bodies, but the sudden switch to whole grains is not necessarily the answer.

When I began doing research on grain cooking, I began collecting old cookbooks because they are the least influenced by popular dogma. What I found was quite curious. Old cookbooks, even those going back to the time of the American Revolution, used white flour! But in a few books where whole grains were used, they were soaked overnight before cooking.

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Indeed, after talking to many people in the 70 and older age group about their digestive problems and making the suggestion to soak their grains. They often reply “You mean like in the old days?”

Now, I’m not saying all this so much in defense of grains, but because of the imbalances that can be caused by avoiding grains. Many people following the paleo diet begin to eat copious amounts of nuts and seeds as well as thyroid suppressing green vegetables like kale, cauliflower, cabbage and broccoli. Cauliflower, kale, nuts and seeds appear in very many recipes meant to replace some bread product. Nuts are also used as a replacement for dairy products. Eating so much of these foods over several months is likely to backfire on those doing it for health reasons.

The bottom line here is that by trying to break out of the box of political correctness, many are finding themselves right back in the same box all over again. Vilifying grains and dairy sets up a scenario where we fall prone to throwing all common sense out the window. Remember that just because something doesn’t work for you now, it does not mean that it does not work for others. If grains and dairy were so bad for humans, then we would not have survived the past 10,000 years. Consuming such incompatible foods would create too many birth defects and diseases within just 2-3 generations for the species to survive.

So why don’t we try to gain a little perspective and not look at the food of our ancestors as bad and harmful, but strive to recreate the ideal conditions that enabled them to thrive on these foods? We have so much awesome technology available at this point in our development. Let’s use it to fuel enjoyment of food, not fear of it.


About Adrienne Hew

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Adrienne Hew is a Certified Nutritionist and the Nutrition Heretic Podcast Host, but is best known online as an author of the Amazon Top 100 Bestseller 50 Ways to Eat Cock: Healthy Chicken Recipes with Balls! Receiving a certificate in Chinese dietetics in 2002 and her degree as a Certified Nutritionist in 2004, she has helped many clients and workshop attendees to decode their own health dilemmas by understanding the inconsistencies in conventional nutritional dogma. She currently resides in Hawaii with her husband and two children.

Modern Eating Disorders - Part Two: The Clean Food Myth

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Somewhere along the way, the War on Food took a turn towards anointing certain foods with the label “clean”. Unfortunately, while promoting the so-called clean foods, it left people thinking that other real and healthy foods were somehow unusually loaded with toxins and carcinogens. Some fanatics (yes, I went there!) even refer to the latter as “white foods”, a reference to white flour, sugar and rice, which is meant to make people believe that they have no value to the human body. What are these unclean, white foods? The animal foods we discussed in Part One of this series.

The myth of animal foods being unhealthy, unclean and unsuitable for human consumption stems from a variety of misunderstandings. First, they are considered “acid-forming”, which insinuates that they tear the body down by creating an acid residue in the blood and urine. Not quite true. What animal foods do is they stimulate the release of hydrochloric acid in the stomach so that the body can digest foods — all foods. Without adequate hydrochloric acid (along with a few other factors), foods pass undigested through the bowel. This sets up a host of allergies as undigested amino acids seep into the bloodstream from the intestines. This is called leaky gut syndrome. Crohn’s, colitis, gluten-intolerance and IBS all stem from this basic inability to fully digest foods due to failures in the digestive process.

Another myth about animal foods is that they cause mucus build up. This could be a problem if it weren’t for the fact that the function of mucus is to clean the body. Once you recognize that mucus escorts bacteria out of the body it is not hard to understand that when people experience mucus-formation after eating certain foods — namely dairy — it acts to remove debris such as dust, pollen, bacteria and other invaders from the mucous membranes.

It didn’t hit me just how powerful this was until I went on a raw milk fast — a fast that has been performed in the Ayurvedic tradition for centuries — as an experiment to understand it better. During the first day of the fast, I was loaded with mucus to the point that I thought I would have to discontinue. But something told me that ancient people of the East knew a lot more about this than modern hearsay. So I stuck with the fast for an additional 12 hours and voilà — the mucus cleared and I felt better than I had going into the fast. My digestive capacity and energy soared. All traces of seasonal allergies disappeared. When I weaned myself off of the fast, I found that my digestion of other foods greatly improved too. Big win for Ayurveda!!!

While it is true that vegetables and fruits are great and can have excellent health-promoting properties and phytochemicals not found in meat (including poultry, fish and seafood), eggs and dairy, it is unwise to think that they are somehow inherently cleaner than animal foods. Yes, therapeutically they may help someone to overcome cancers or certain digestive problems, but followed long term, the opposite is usually true. I once asked one of my mentors about this early in my training. His assessment was that these diets whether vegetarian, macrobiotic or raw food worked temporarily when switching from a Standard American Diet of processed not foods such as Hamburger Helper and potato chips. And it only worked when strictly followed using foods from nature. What many people are unaware of is that a number of doctors are treating digestive disorders, heart disease, diabetes and cancer and other serious diseases are having even better outcomes by increasing the amount of animal foods including animal fats in the diet. These results appear to be longer lasting than those of diets that avoid animal products altogether.

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An all vegetable and fruit diet leaves what I call “holes” in the bodies nutrient receptors. Simply put, different cells in the body require specific nutrients to function optimally. The nutrients the body needs for optimal activity fit like a key into a lock. However, when the body’s required nutrients are not provided, perhaps because they cannot be assimilated sufficiently or they are missing, the result is that another competing and potentially dangerous chemical will replace it.

Without getting too nerdy on you, take a look at the periodic table of elements on this page. If you remember from your high school chemistry class, the elements are ordered vertically based upon the number of electrons in the outer ring. So let’s take a look at iodine (I) which is important for thyroid health. Many of the green leafy vegetables that we are always told to eat more of as well as soy foods block iodine uptake. If you are not getting enough iodine, then the iodine receptors in your body will chose another chemical that may actually be in your diet or even in the air like fluorine (F – a toxic waste product from aluminum manufacturing which by the way is added to water and toothpaste under false pretenses), bromine (Br – often found in many flour-containing products) or chlorine (Cl – from city tap water, chemical factories and swimming pools). Is it any wonder that people avoiding animal foods, which don’t contain goitrogens (unless the animals are heavily supplemented with soy — a fattening agent) in favor of high goitrogen foods are experiencing “unexplained weight gain”, heavy metal poisoning, cancer and other disturbing health outcomes?

Instinctively, the body knows when it is not getting access to the nutrients it needs, whether those nutrients are from vitamins, minerals, amino acids or some other component of a well-balanced diet. Over the years, it has become apparent that many people who start an all vegetable and fruit diet develop fierce cravings for refined sugar. Sugar mimics the ability to feel good that would normally be produced by the amino acid glutamine, which is primarily found in animal foods. Once deprived of chicken, fish, pork, beef or other animal foods, the cravings become intense and sugar, that old familiar friend, shows up more and more. Many vegetarians will opt for cookies, cake, chocolate or some other dessert item for a meal instead of allowing even a taste of egg, dairy or fish into their mouths. In a book I’m working on with former vegetarians, one woman told me that she actually ordered birthday cakes on a weekly basis during her time as a vegetarian because the sugar cravings were so strong. Other similar stories have been reported.

Where vegetarianism really becomes an eating disorder, though, is in its focus on avoiding animal foods to the point that many vegetarians will opt for highly processed junk and non-food items just to avoid eating an animal food. Like all natural beings, humans are intended to thrive on the foods that have existed alongside us since the beginning of our existence. Consuming factory items that are completely devoid of nutrients and adding nutrient-depleting sugar on top of it is a recipe for disaster.

All of the examples cited in this article are only a small piece of the puzzle as to why so many people, after experiencing initial successes with all vegetable diets, eventually begin to feel crappy, depressed, develop allergies and often even cancers and heart disease. People following these diets often have the highest rates of infertility and children with autism even when vaccinations, which I am not a proponent of, are not in the picture.

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This is precisely where the eating disorder begins to show itself. Just because something worked for you in the past, doesn’t mean it will work for the rest of your life. And if you find yourself no longer eating food just to make a political statement, then perhaps it’s time to reassess your values.  However, the opposite is often true. Many people who pursue the vegetarian lifestyle have positioned themselves as somehow inherently superior to their meat-eating counterparts. What may have started out as a quest for health has become an obsession and reason for violence against other humans.

The case of 27-year old Meredith Marie Lowell, a woman who allegedly hired a hit man on Facebook to kill a fur-wearer in her neighborhood, is a perfect example of a dietary lifestyle turned into a mental illness. I would love to say that she is in the minority here, but I doubt it. On Care2, a website frequented by many vegans, where I originally read the article about Ms. Lowell, any article bringing awareness to animal cruelty immediately gets bombarded with hundreds of comments from vegans screaming death to people who abuse or eat animals (even ethically raised ones). However even several days after the article about Ms. Lowell’s case was posted, there were barely 20 comments. Most of the ones there were from the meat-eaters who frequent the forum expressing pity for the woman and asking where all the vegans who normally post about compassion were. This is only one recent case, but I have experienced many more over the past 20 years.

The bottom line is that when it comes to clean food, any real food can be considered clean or unclean depending on how you want to look at it. As discussed above, eating only vegetation can accelerate toxin and heavy metal absorption. On the other hand, while animal foods are often perceived as unclean, they provide a vital cleaning function in moving food through the body and allowing receptor sites to absorb the appropriate nutrients. If a diet is clearly not giving you the health results you want, you should be willing to open your mind to changes based upon new information as it is presented to you instead of clinging to an ideology.

There are so many more ways in which the clean food myth has damaged our relationship with food, however, I will close here with this thought:

We are ever-changing beings from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds, living in variable climates (mostly) and reaching different stages of life where different nutrients are required. How can we be expected to adhere to the same exact diet for the rest of our lives?


About Adrienne Hew

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Adrienne Hew is a Certified Nutritionist and the Nutrition Heretic Podcast Host, but is best known online as an author of the Amazon Top 100 Bestseller 50 Ways to Eat Cock: Healthy Chicken Recipes with Balls! Receiving a certificate in Chinese dietetics in 2002 and her degree as a Certified Nutritionist in 2004, she has helped many clients and workshop attendees to decode their own health dilemmas by understanding the inconsistencies in conventional nutritional dogma. She currently resides in Hawaii with her husband and two children.