Veganism not recommended by doctors

Veganism not healthy in the long run
Veganism not healthy in the long run

Hello guys, today I’m going to speak about why doctors don’t recommend veganism. There’s been doing some researches lately in this area, there’s new vegan medical clinics that are opening up where all specialists use medical approaches, it’s a rising plant based nutrition movement and governments nutrition healthcare conferences. Hundreds of physicians, all the medical profesions get together and talk about practices that didn’t exist a few years ago. They all use lifestyle medicine approaches not just to prevent disease but to stop and reverse as well.

For me it’s exciting cause there are wonderful resources, documentaries, it’s an exciting time to be in the movement, think the healthcare cause is spiraling out of control. Climate change, we’ll gonna be forced to have to take simple solutions, cheaper, safer, more effective than conventional medical aproaches, cause we’re talking about the leading killers.

The good news is that the vast majority diseases is preventable with a plant based, another healthy lifestyle behaviours, I think we have a power over our medical destiny.

There are doctors and I believe their saying that we can revert our disease without drugs, without surgery, just having a healty plant based another style change – they know that for decades but it’s a big industry where some people have to get rich in the detriment of sick people. I don’t’ understand why, if we have effectively the cure to our number one killer why do we continue to make them rich? Of course they have corporate budgets driving it’s promotions  and the vast majority of people are just a mass of maneuver, whose brain is erased and clogged by the media every day.

We can’t wait until society catches up to the science because is a matter of life and death. I can understand why some of the main stream medical associations are sucking up to industry because they are being sponsored by all these companies, but I;m concerned what are individual doctors have to say.

Recently I had a meeting with a friend, doctor, who asked me not to mention his name. He told me there’s a severe nutrition deficiency in education, in schools we’re not teached to take better care of us, because of indifference, lack of time, lack of resources, etc.. Generally people love good news about bad habits, but the public needs to know that there is a consensus among the nutritious scientific comunity going back decades, about the foundations of healthy eating and living and there is more core plant foods and vegetables that minimize their intake of animal foods and processed junk.

He told me we talk about an industry, cause junk makes a lot of money, but broccoli doesn’t. Most people who has developed this palet, they can’t go straight to salad and lentils and sweet potatoes, thy just wouldn’t taste, they have a history they developed in time with that type of food. Speaking about veganism it’s also an industry, it’s like picking cherries from a tree, given that there is only one cherry.

In terms of that, most people who switch to vegetarian diet… we are going to see some instant benefits because of that fact you have much more nutrient dense food you are eating a lot of vegetables, you’re changing your diet in a lot of ways. They say that automatically over that you’re gonna see some long-term benefits… lack of saturated fat and cholesterol leads to hormonal imbalances, where your body starts robbing itself to make up for the nutritional deficiencies of your diet.

I think what it is essentially… the science behind the development of the human animal. We have to look what influences people to become vegetarians and vegans, which I totally respect. The real problem is when they distort the reality of the scientific finding of the human animal and diet, and that’s an issue. A lot of people that are vegetarian and vegans that go on about how healthy they feel and about how awesome, but they are not doing blood profiles and when they do they find that they have blood issues.

What can someone do if he is tricked to follow that diet? I don’t say not to follow it, do what you’ve got to do, but it has to be some ways to decrease the consequences. People should be free to make their own choices.

Vegan diets are usually higher in dietary fiber, magnesium, folic acid, vitamins C and E, iron, and phytochemicals, and they tend to be lower in calories, saturated fat and cholesterol, Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D, calcium, zinc, and vitamin B-12.

In general, vegetarians typically enjoy a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers. A vegan diet appears to be useful for increasing the intake of protective nutrients and phytochemicals and for minimizing the intake of dietary factors implicated in several chronic diseases.

Vegans, compared with omnivores, consume substantially greater quantities of fruit and vegetables. A higher consumption of fruit and vegetables, which are rich in fiber, folic acid, antioxidants, and phytochemicals, is associated with lower blood cholesterol concentrations, a lower incidence of stroke, and a lower risk of mortality from stroke and ischemic heart disease.

Although adequate calcium intake may be a problem for vegans.  An inadequate protein and low calcium intake has been shown to be associated with bone loss and fractures at the hip and spine in vegans, higher risks of bone fractures appears to be a consequence of a lower mean calcium intake.

After blood tests, vegans had the lowest mean intake of vitamin D compared to omnivores. For a vegan, vitamin D status depends on both sun exposure and the intake of vitamin D-fortified foods. Those living in areas of the world without fortified foods would need to consume a vitamin D supplement.

Diets that do not include fish, eggs, or sea vegetables generally lack the long-chain n–3 fatty acids which are important for cardiovascular health as well as eye and brain functions.

Iron absorption is substantially higher from plant foods, however, hemoglobin concentrations and the risk of iron deficiency anemia are similar for vegans compared with omnivores. Vegans often consume large amounts of vitamin C rich foods that markedly improve the absorption of the iron.

Compared to omnivores, vegans typically have lower plasma vitamin B-12 concentrations, higher prevalence of vitamin B-12 deficiency, and higher concentrations of plasma homocysteine. Vitamin B-12 deficiency can produce abnormal neurologic and psychiatric symptoms that include psychoses, paresthesia, disorientation, dementia, mood and motor disturbances, and difficulty with concentration.

Vegetarians are often considered to be at risk for zinc deficiency. Although vegans have lower zinc intake than omnivores, they do not differ from the nonvegetarians in functional immunocompetence as assessed by natural killer cell cytotoxic activity.

Also, vegan diets tend to be low in high-quality protein and we all know that low protein diets can increase toxicity. Vegan food don’t contain real vitamin A (retinol), who’s only found in animal foods. Vitamin A is important for thyroid function, hormone production, fertility, eye health, fight fatigue and a healthy immune system.

Digestive juices can be decreased by plant based diets. Without regular and healthy stimulation of digestive juices, your digestion weakens, fewer nutrients are able to be absorbed in your body.

I mean, to obtain a nutritionally adequate diet, the consumer must first have an appropriate knowledge of what constitutes a nutritionally adequate diet.  Accessibility is important, the availability of certain foodstuffs and foods fortified with key nutrients that are otherwise lacking in the diet will vary greatly, depending on the geographic region of the world. Ideology can be persuasive, but harsh reality often ruins an appealing idea. People can die from fanatical diet beliefs.

So, what do you think about vegan diets? Hope you enjoy this article and if you have any questions or add-ons to my post, let me know.

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