You can get all your nutrition from plants. Not true!

These are just a few of the nutritional deficiencies commonly found in vegetarians.

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Vitamin B 12 deficiency is very common amongst plant-eating people, because this vitamin comes exclusively from animal foods. It is one of the most essential substances for our bodies to function properly. Your brain, the rest of your nervous system, your immune system and all other organs in the body require this vitamin. Our blood composition is particularly vulnerable to deficiency in vitamin B12, which leads to pernicious anaemia (deficiency in the production of red blood cells).

People can take supplements of this vitamin, but in order to process it properly the body requires protein. Good quality protein comes only from animal foods, so the bodies of many vegetarians are unable to use vitamin BI2 from supplements. Our gut flora produces this vitamin, but unfortunately many people have unhealthy gut flora. It is essential for all humans to consume at least some animal foods!

Vegetarians who eat eggs and dairy need to make sure they consume enough of these foods to supply them with this vital vitamin. Animal liver provides large amounts of vitamin BI2 in combination with protein, fat-soluble vitamins and all other nutrients necessary for the body to use BI2 appropriately. Even Max Gerson, the creator of The Gerson Protocol for treating cancer (a vegan protocol), included raw liver in his patients’ diet.

Vitamin A is an essential substance for the human body. Our brain, eyes, immune system and all cells in the body require this vitamin for their structure and function. Plants do not contain functional vitamin A-retinol. Instead they contain carotenoids, which in a healthy body can be converted into retinol. The problem is that environmental toxins and nutritional deficiencies are able to block this conversion; so many people are unable to convert plant carotenoids into real vitamin A. Despite eating plenty of carrots, sweet potatoes, kale and other plants rich in carotenoids, these people develop vitamin A deficiency. Real functional vitamin A is found only in animal foods, and the richest sources are organ meats, liver in particular. Eggs and butter also contain good amounts of vitamin A. Vegetarians have to be aware of this fact and make sure they eat plenty of eggs, ghee and butter.

When you start developing vitamin A deficiency, your immune system gets compromised and you start getting infections. This is important to watch for. The problem is that very often the immune system of vegans is not in a fit state to launch a proper reaction to a microbe. When we get a common cold, it is not the virus that gives us high temperature, headache, runny nose, sneezing and all the other symptoms. It is our own immune system that is causing all these uncomfortable symptoms because it is fighting the virus. Some vegans will tell you that they ‘never get colds’. The reality is that they get the viruses, but their immune system is unable to launch any defence against these viruses. So, the person doesn’t get any symptoms, while the virus just gets into the body and settles in.

Vitamin D is only present in animal foods; fish livers and oily fish are the richest sources of this vitamin. When we sunbathe, cholesterol in our skin is converted into vitamin D. That is why this vitamin is called ‘the sunshine vitamin’. Plant foods do not provide any cholesterol, so the body of a person on a plant-based diet has to work very hard to manufacture cholesterol (7-dehydrocholesterol) and send it to the skin to be converted into vitamin D.

Eggs from birds that are raised under sunshine on pasture contain a good amount of vitamin D. The same goes for milk and butter: the cows or goats must graze in the sunshine on pasture in order to have vitamin D in their milk. When we don’t have enough vitamin D, most things in the body go wrong!

The body cannot build bones without this vitamin; deficiency leads to osteoporosis, rickets and osteomalacia (softening of the bones). Every degenerative disease, including heart disease, diabetes and cancer, are linked to low levels of vitamin D in the body. Lack of vitamin D is also linked to neurological and mental illness. Vegetarians must consume good quality eggs and dairy products, and they need to make sure they sunbathe as much as possible to maintain normal levels of this vital vitamin in their bodies. Research has discovered that the majority of the Western population has low levels of vitamin D.

Both cholesterol and sunshine are essential for us, but the population has been subjected to a long period of faulty propaganda against them. Please read my book Put Your Heart in Your Mouth to get a good understanding of this subject. Here is the link https://www.amazon.com/Put-Your-Heart-Mouth-Atherosclerosis/dp/095485201X

Vitamin K2 comes from animal foods, and it is produced by healthy gut flora. It is different from K1, which comes from plants. K1 is largely involved in blood clotting, while K2 has many different functions. For example, without K2 calcium doesn’t go into your bones and teeth; instead it settles in soft tissues while you are developing osteoporosis and tooth decay. Goose liver, traditional high-fat cheeses, egg yolks, butter, meats and animal livers are the richest sources of this vitamin. The only plant food that provides large amounts of vitamin K2 is natto.

Vegetarians need to make sure they eat natto daily, as well as good quality eggs and cheese, to obtain enough vitamin K2. Fermented foods contain good amounts of this vitamin because it is produced by microbes. In traditional cultures healthy vegetarians always included fermented foods in their diet: sauerkraut and kimchi, kefir and cheese, fermented grains and beans, and fermented beverages.

Zinc is one of the most important minerals a human body uses. It is involved in hundreds of enzymatic reactions and it is a structural element for many organs and hormones in the body. Animal foods, seafood in particular, are rich in this mineral, while plants contain very little. It is impossible to provide your body with enough zinc on a purely plant-based diet! Deficiency leads to low immune status, anorexia and other mental illnesses, poor digestive function, poor perception of taste, skin problems and problems in the rest of the body. Egg yolks and milk will provide some zinc, but the richest sources are oysters, crab, shrimp and other seafood, as well as livers of animals and red meat.

Deficiencies in other vitamins and minerals, protein and natural fats are common amongst vegetarians. People who choose this lifestyle must study the value of foods and think carefully about what they eat on a daily basis to provide their bodies with proper nutrition. Without this planning it is very easy to develop multiple nutritional deficiencies and a degenerative illness.

Many people choose this vegetarianism and veganism lifestyle for emotional, political or other reasons, without much understanding of what the consequences. Doctors see more and more people who live on plant-based diets with profound mental and physical degeneration: anorexia nervosa, depression, schizophrenia and other mental illnesses. Unfortunately, once they get ill, it is extremely difficult to help them.

It is very easy to destroy your health! It is much more difficult to regain it!

Vegans force their bodies to survive on cleansing foods only, that is why many of them look ‘washed out’ and are severely malnourished. The goal is not to just survive but to have optimal physical and mental health, full vitality, boundless energy to enjoy life and be successful, finding love, building a family, having beautiful children and enough resources to bring them up.

Weston A. Price, a wonderful scientist who at the beginning of the 20th century traveled around the world to study traditional cultures. He was specifically looking for a purely plant-based healthy culture; he did not find one! He concluded: ‘As yet, I have not found a single group of primitive racial stock which was building and maintaining excellent bodies by living entirely on plant foods. I have found in many parts of the world most devout representatives of modern ethical systems advocating restriction of foods to the vegetable products. In every instance, where the groups involved had been long under this teaching, I found evidence of degeneration.’

For more information on vegetarianism and veganism please visit my Blog, 2HealthyHabits.

https://2healthyhabits.wordpress.com/?s=vegetarianism

Also, for an in depth understanding, copy and paste the link and read Vegetarianism and Nutrient Deficiencies

I hope this Post has brought some clarity to the subject of a plant-based lifestyle.

This Post has been condensed from Dr. Natasha McBride’s book: Vegetarianism Explained: Making an Informed Decision. Here is a link: https://www.amazon.com/Vegetarianism-Explained-Making-Informed-Decision/dp/0954852060

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Food Allergy By Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride

Food allergies have become very common. Quite often the person is not sure what food produces the reaction, because the reaction may be immediate or delayed.

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Food allergy or intolerance can produce migraines, fatigue, PMS, painful joints, itchy skin to depression, hyperactivity, hallucinations, obsessions and other psychiatric and neurological manifestations. However, the most immediate and common symptoms in the vast majority of patients are digestive problems: pain, diarrhoea or constipation, urgency, bloating, indigestion, etc.

In some cases, elimination of a trigger food helps. However, the majority of patients find, that as they eliminate some foods, they start reacting to other foods, to which they did not seem to react before. The whole process leads to a situation where the person finishes up with virtually nothing left to eat.

We need to look deeper, at what causes these food intolerances. In order to understand it, I would like to share a case history of one of my patients.

Stephanie S, 35 years old asked for my help in “sorting out her food allergies”. A very pale malnourished looking lady, (weight 45 kg with height 160cm) with low energy levels, chronic cystitis, abdominal pains, bloating and chronic constipation. She was consistently diagnosed anaemic all her life.

We have to look deeper and find the course of the patient’s malady. In order to do that we have to examine Stephanie’s health history.

Stephanie had to take a long course of antibiotics for acne at the age of 16. That is when she got pronounced digestive problems: constipation, bloating, abdominal pain and lactose intolerance, indicating that her gut flora got seriously compromised.

From the age of 14 Stephanie has been taking contraceptive pills for many years. Contraceptives have a serious damaging effect on the composition of gut flora, leading to allergy and other problems, related to gut dysbiosis (microbial imbalance).

And when this gut flora is damaged despite adequate nutrition we develop vitamin deficiencies. Restoring the beneficial bacteria in their gut is the best way to deal with those deficiencies, particularly vitamin B deficiencies.

For Stephanie’s complete history please visit the website http://www.gaps.me/food-allergy.php

Let us discuss some of Stephanie’s complaints.

Anaemia – Patients like Stephanie cannot absorb essential vitamins and minerals from food. On top of that people with damaged gut flora often have a particular group of pathogenic (potentially disease causing)bacteria growing in their gut, which are iron-loving bacteria, which consume dietary iron, leaving the person deficient. Unfortunately, supplementing iron makes these bacteria multiply rapidly, bringing unpleasant digestive problems and does not remedy anaemia. It has been shown in a large number of studies all over the world, that just supplementing iron does not do much for anaemia.

The pathogens in the gut –    Unfortunately, every course of broad – spectrum antibiotics removes the good bacteria, which leaves Clostridia uncontrolled and allows it to grow. Different species of Clostridia cause severe inflammation of the digestive system and damage its integrity, leading to many digestive problems and food intolerances.

Food “allergies” and intolerances –    Normal gut flora maintains gut wall integrity through protecting it, feeding it and insuring normal cell turnover. When the beneficial bacteria in the gut are greatly reduced, the gut wall degenerates. At the same time various opportunists, when not controlled by damaged good bacteria, get access to the gut wall and damage its integrity, making it porous and “leaky”. Partially digested foods gets through the damaged “leaky” gut wall into the blood stream, where the immune system recognises them as foreign and reacts to them.

This is how food allergies or intolerances develop. So, there is nothing wrong with the food. What is happening is that foods do not get a chance to be digested properly before they are absorbed through the damaged gut wall. So, in order to eliminate food allergies we need to concentrate on the gut wall. In my clinical experience, when the gut wall is healed many food intolerances disappear.

How do we heal the gut wall?     The most important intervention is the appropriate diet. A very effective diet with more than 60 years of an excellent record of helping people with all sorts of digestive disorders, including such devastating ones as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. This diet is called Specific Carbohydrate Diet or SCD for short.

Dr. Haas treated over 600 patients with excellent results: after following his dietary regimen for at least a year there was “complete recovery with no relapses, no deaths, no crisis, no pulmonary involvement and no stunting of growth”.

Elaine Gottschall, desperate to help her little daughter, who suffered from severe ulcerative colitis and neurological problems, went to see Dr. Haas in 1958. After 2 years on SCD her daughter was completely free of symptoms, an energetic and thriving little girl.

Over the years I have developed a GAPS Introduction Diet for the more severe end of the spectrum. I find that the Introduction Diet is particularly effective in food allergies, as it allows the gut wall heal quicker. The Introduction Diet is structured in stages. Unless there is a dangerous (anaphylactic type) allergy to a particular food, I recommend my patients to ignore the results of their food intolerance testing and follow the stages one by one.

The Introduction Diet in its first stages serves the gut lining in three ways:

  1. It removes fibre. Only well-cooked vegetables (soups and stews) are allowed with particularly fibrous parts of the vegetable removed. No starch is allowed on the GAPS diet, which means no grains and no starchy vegetables.
  2. It provides nourishment for the gut lining. These substances come from homemade meat and fish stocks, gelatinous parts of meats well-cooked in water, organ meats, egg yolks and plenty of natural animal fats on meats.
  3. It provides probiotic bacteria in the form of fermented foods.

As the gut wall starts healing, the patients find that they can gradually introduce foods, which they could not tolerate before. When the Introduction GAPS Diet is completed, the patient moves to the Full GAPS Diet.

SOURCE: Food Allergies By Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride  http://www.gaps.me/food-allergy.php

Published in: Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine, First Quarter, 2009, Vol 24, 1, pp.31-41    For References please see the website.

For more on pathogenic and beneficial microbes, please refer to my Post: How Did I Get Gut Issues? https://2healthyhabits.wordpress.com/?s=How+Did+I+Get+Gut+Issues%3F

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ANEMIA healed with the GAPS diet.

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The majority of people with Anemia look pale and pasty. The symptoms may include pale skin, fast heartbeat, shortness of breath, chest pain, dizziness, cognitive problems, headache and numb or cold sensations in the extremities. (Some of these sound familiar to me.)

Most people with abnormal gut flora have various stages of anemia. They can’t absorb essential-for-blood vitamins and minerals from food, and their own production of these vitamins is damaged.

On top of that, people with damaged gut flora have a particular group of pathogenic bacteria growing inside their gut, which are iron-loving bacteria.  They consume whatever iron the person gets from the diet, leaving the person deficient in iron.

Many have been prescribed Iron tablets by their doctors. Iron supplementation gives them a lot of unpleasant digestive side effects due to encouraging growth of pathogenic iron-loving bacteria and direct negative affects on the cells of the gut lining, which are already inflamed and very sensitive in GAPS patients. (I was told to get more iron too.)

People with abnormal gut flora have multiple nutritional deficiencies. The most common deficiencies are in magnesium, zinc, selenium, copper, calcium, manganese, Sulfur, phosphorus, iron, potassium, sodium, Vitamins B1, B3, B6, B12, C, A, D, folic acid, pantothenic acid, omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids, taurine, alpha-ketoglutaric acid, glutathione and other nutrients.

These nutrients are needed for normal functioning and development of the brain, immune system and rest of the body.

When the gut flora is healed with the GAPS diet then the essential-for-blood vitamins and minerals will be absorbed. Our bodies will thrive!

When the gut flora is healed with the GAPS diet then the essential-for-blood vitamins and minerals will be absorbed. Our bodies will thrive!

This Post was a continuation of the last three Posts:

  1. Our gut holds the roots of our health, with sick roots we will not to thrive.

https://2healthyhabits.wordpress.com/2018/08/24/our-gut-holds-the-roots-of-our-health-with-sick-roots-we-will-not-to-thrive/

  1. The second Post helped us to understand, “How Did I Get Gut Issues?” We learned that without well functioning gut flora we will have nutritional deficiencies, food in tolerances and be unable to digest milk and wheat. https://2healthyhabits.wordpress.com/2018/08/31/how-did-i-get-gut-issues/
  1. The third Post helped us understand that fibercannot be digested by the gut without beneficial bacteria?

https://2healthyhabits.wordpress.com/2018/09/07/did-you-know-that-fiber-cannot-be-digested-by-the-gut-without-beneficial-bacteria/

  1. This Post, the final post on the roots of our health, was on Anemia.

Next weeks Post will be from the video TOXIN Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride Interview by S Downs, MD.

The information provided is from Dr. Natasha McBride’s book, Gut and Psychology Syndrome.It is available at https://www.amazon.ca/Psychology-Syndrome-D-D-D-H-D-Schizophrenia/dp/0954852028

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