Vegetarianism is becoming more and more popular. The word of mouth is animal foods are bad for us. But is a vegetarian diet really a good idea? What are its strengths and drawbacks? Is vegetarianism better for the planet? What does science have to say about all of this? And, more importantly, what does nature have to say about it?
Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride is a medical doctor with two postgraduate degrees: Master of Medical Sciences in Neurology and Master of Medical Sciences in Human Nutrition.
She graduated as a medical doctor in Russia. After practicing for five years as a Neurologist and three years as a Neurosurgeon she started a family and moved to the UK, where she got her second postgraduate degree in Human Nutrition. She practices in the UK as a nutritionist and not as a medical doctor.
Thousands of people around the world follow the highly successful GAPS Nutritional Protocol to help themselves and their families. You can learn about GAPS on www.gaps.me
Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, author of “Gut and Psychology Syndrome,” offers a fresh look at vegetarianism. She provides up-to-date scientific information about how plant and animal foods work in the human body and how we can eat to thrive. She dives into a variety of topics including agriculture, soil degradation, the power of plants to detox our bodies, and how to be a healthy vegetarian!
Dr. Raymond Francis says, there is an enormous amount of misunderstanding about genes. Our physicians blame everything on age. Wrong! By themselves, genes do not determine our sickness or health. It’s the instructions the genes receive that are responsible for our health and performance.
I believe the best way to predict my future is to create it. I believe your health is not determined by your genetics. To do that, I make it a daily habit to find ways to keep healthy.
From Dr. Natasha McBride: Do you recommend genetic testing?
Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride holds a degree in Medicine and Postgraduate degrees in both Neurology and Human Nutrition. In her clinic in Cambridge she specializes in nutrition for children and adults with behavioral and learning disabilities, and adults with digestive and immune system disorders.
ANSWER: I would recommend that you look into the new science of epigenetics. The upshot of it is that our genetics DO NOT determine our destiny! We are all equipped with a huge choice of genes to use. Who chooses which genes to use on a daily basis? The environment, of which your diet is one of the most important factors. Depending on what you eat on a daily basis, what chemicals you are exposed to and other environmental factors, YOU CHOOSE which genes in your body you are going to express and which genes are going to stay dormant. So, whatever genetics you were born with are not important; it is the environmental factors that you choose for yourself that predetermine your health. The only exception to this rule is a small group of genetic diseases, such as Down’s syndrome.
What follows is a summary of one of chapters of Dr. Raymond Francis’s book, The Great American Health Hoax.
When it comes to disease, we control our genes: our genes do not control us. Most genes are DNA codes. They respond to instructions we give them. We instruct our genes through the cellular environments we create with our lifestyle choices.
All of us have genetic predisposition to certain ailments, but that doesn’t mean we will develop problems. In order to get the ailment, specific genes have to be activated and express in a certain way. So don’t activate them!
A good diet, exercise, meditation, sunlight, fresh air, adequate sleep, systemic alkalinity, a normal sodium/potassium balance, limiting toxic exposures, detoxification, hormonal balance and a positive attitude create an optimal cellular environment for genetic expression. When you do this right, you will maintain normal chemistry in your cells. Normal chemistry gives genes healthy instructions, keeping disease turned off.
Genes get damaged and repaired all the time. Ideally, repair keeps pace with damage. When it does not, mutations occur. Mutations introduce chaos into biological systems, leading to cancer and other types of disease. Another kind of damage, epigenetic change, alters gene function without altering the DNA code. These come from environmental chemicals and poor nutrition interacting with genes and interfering with their normal expression. Mutated genes and epigenetic changes can both be passed down through generations.
Life in the twenty-first century is damaging our genes and creating mutations in unprecedented ways and at an alarming rate. You can stop much of this damage by avoiding toxins, as well as ionizing and nonionizing radiation wherever possible.
Support DNA repair by optimizing your nutrient intake, especially vitamins B3, B6, and B12; folate; zinc; and L-carnrtine. Most Americans are deficient in one or more of these nutrients.Unless you supply the nutrients the body needs to make DNA repairs, the job will go undone and genetic mutations will result.
Raymond Francis, D.Sc., M.Sc., RNC hasbeen called a “brilliant advanced thinker” and has been cited as “one of the few scientists who has achieved a breakthrough understanding of health and disease.”
Raymond is an internationally recognized leader in the field of optimal-health maintenance and a pioneer in transforming our failed disease-care system to a true health-care system.
He is a chemist by training, a graduate of M.I.T., a bestselling author, and a world-class speaker.
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In this video Dr. Natasha explains when you should see a mainstream doctor and how the body can kick-start its own healing process for many degenerative diseases – even when things seem hopeless. (This video is Part 2 of 3 videos.)
Here is the link:
GAPS Pt. 2: Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride
INTERVIEWER: I don’t think I’ve ever heard so many medical issues explained so clearly and a connection made so clearly as I did yesterday in your session. Why don’t we hear more?
Please see last week’s 2healthyhabits post for Part 1:
DR. NATASHA MCBRIDE: Well mainstream medicine has its own priorities in its own aims, which can be very different from what the individual might want.
Mainstream medicine has its place in healing. There are all sorts of forms of healing. Mainstream medicine has its place. If you got run over by a car for example, you don’t want to be taken to a homeopath or to nutritionists. You need mainstream medicine and fast.
So mainstream medicine is very good for dealing with extreme and emergency situations. They can repair you quite quickly.
But when it comes to chronic degenerative conditions, mainstream medicine doesn’t have much to offer to the patient’s, because the way it’s designed, the way it’s structured and the way it’s run, it is not interested anymore in finding out what actually causes the disorder.
And secondly, because they don’t know what causes most of these conditions. How do you treat it?
They only can deal with the symptoms, the details of the problem. To try to remove that symptom, remove this symptom.
But symptoms have a purpose.How else is your body going to tell you that there is a problem inside? It’s going tell you through symptoms, through pain, through inflammation, through some other symptoms, through swelling in that place and limitation of the movement in that place.
So when you get symptoms it’s your own body calling for help to you.
But what our mainstream medicine is designed to do is to deal with the symptoms to remove the symptoms. So they’re basically telling the body be quiet. Stop calling for help and suffer in silence. When that happens long enough, because the problem hasn’t been dealt with inside the body, it causes much more damage than they would’ve done if it was dealt with earlier and the person comes up with a much more severe condition later on when the symptomatic measures don’t work anymore.
So at the end of the day a human body is a marvellous, marvellous machine. It has been designed by nature in a perfect way. It can heal itself, it knows what it’s doing. It is restructuring itself all the time and it’s self-regenerating all the time. Old cells get shed off all the time and replaced by newly born cells.
So all the body really needs is good food and removing the damaging substances.
It is within your body, the power to heal is within your body.
That’s what I teach people to do take the power back to yourself. Heal yourself with your own body and your own means natural means and heal your children and heal your family the same way. That works.
INTERVIEWER: That is one thing that really stood out for me yesterday was, so many people have started to think of their body as you know broken deficient or the children’s body that way and your message is really one of empowerment.
DR. NATASHA MCBRIDE:Absolutely.
Take the power back to you. So don’t give it away to anyone. No matter how well position that person might be, no matter how much an expert or something rather they position themselves to be. Your own body is infinitely clever.
Next week I will post Part 3: Dr. Natasha talks about the healing wisdom of our bodies.
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