Posts Tagged ‘cancer’

Book Overview: The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone

Here are things I want to share with you that I learned from Alicia.

Animals on Factory Farms 

  • Animals at the slaughterhouse are in constant terror. Being scared produces body chemicals that affect the muscles and other parts of the body, namely cortisol and adrenaline. Humans can become stressed from eating this meat. You eat fear, despair, and anger when you eat the meat of a dead animal.
  • Slaughterhouse wastes are used in livestock feed (that you end up eating second hand) like blood, bone, remains of cats and dogs
  • Animals on factory farms are pumped with hormones to increase their mass. Hormones are not good — we have our own and don’t need more — because they lead to cancers like breast and prostate
  • Mercury damages your brain, kidneys, and lungs: swordfish, mackerel, and tuna have the highest levels of mercury out of all fish
  • “The meat industry has created entities like the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the American Meat Institute, and the National Pork Producers Council, which spend millions and millions of dollars on print and television ads to cast their products in a positive light, despite evidence to the contrary” Continue reading

Book Overview: Forks Over Knives by Gene Stone

Things I learned from this book:

Why Cow Milk is Not For Humans

  • Cow milk –> calves; human milk –> babies. We adults do not fall under either of those categories, so we biologically do NOT need milk! If we did, we’d still be at our mother’s breast. Humans have no nutritional need for cow milk – it’s designed to get a baby calf from 70lbs to about 1000 pounds in one year. Then they start eating grass. End of milk once weaning is over.
  • Casein is the primary protein in cow milk, and it is one of the most potent chemical carcinogens ever identified. Yes, carcinogen. Definition: a substance capable of causing cancer in living tissue.
  • Studies were performed on rats that show casein = cancer cells. One group was given a 20% casein diet, the other group 5% casein diet. After 12 weeks, the 20 percenters had high levels of cancer tumor growth but the 5 percenters had no evidence of cancer at all. Here is the cool part: they then switched the groups — the previous 20 percenters, now at 5 percent, had a reduction in the tumor growth. The previous 5 percenters, now at 20 percent, had an explosion in tumor growth. That means you can “turn off” and “turn on” cancer growth by decreasing or increasing (respectively) your intake of dairy! Continue reading

Cancer prevention guidelines

In 1997 the World Cancer Research Fund/American Institute of Cancer Research published their expert report on dietary guidelines. Here are some of the exact quotes.

For Food Supply and Eating:

  • Population goal: “population to consume nutritionally adequate and varied diet based primarily on foods of plant origin
  • Individual guideline: “choose predominantly plant-based diets rich in a variety of vegetables and fruits, pulses (legumes), and minimally processed starchy staple foods”

For Meat:

  • Population goal: “if eaten at all, red meat to provide <10% total energy”
  • Individual guideline: “if eaten at all, limit intake of red meat to <80 g (3 oz) daily; it is preferable to choose fish, poultry, or meat from non-domesticated animals in place of red meat.” Continue reading

Book Overview: Green For Life

Green For Life by Victoria Boutenko (c) 2005 Raw Family Publishing

I recommend you check out this quick read for a couple of reasons:

  1. you will learn about plant life and the fruits they bear – the why’s and how’s of it, which is fascinating
  2. you will come to understand vegetables and greens classifications correctly
  3. you will discover the relationship between chimpanzee and human diets (and why we should start leaning more towards their way of eating and away from our processed foods)
  4. you will see the proof for yourself in her experiment results on people she asked to drink green smoothies every day for a certain time period – all of those people discovered health benefits and even went on to continue green drinks even after the trial period was over. Many of them lost weight and curbed major sugar and other bad cravings.

Here are some interesting points I gathered: Continue reading

You don’t need milk to get calcium

No other species on this planet drinks another species’ milk, and no species drinks its own mother’s milk beyond the age of weaning because it isn’t necessary anymore. Then why do we drink it after babyhood? Mom doesn’t want us sucking on her the rest of our lives, right? The whole purpose of cow’s milk is to get a 70lb baby calf to become 1,000 pounds in a year. So you are drinking something that is MADE to make you fat–and quickly! If we wiped away technology, packaging, preservatives, etc., you are basically sucking out nasty puss with your lips on a dirty cow’s teets. Sick. You can get your calcium in other less-nasty (and much more healthy & humane) ways. Continue reading

Where do you get your protein?

The most common question I continually hear from anyone who has not read much about nutrition and food beyond what the media tells them. Happens so often, in fact, that 2.5 hours ago someone asked me just that. Americans are so brainwashed by the meat industry that: 1) we believe we are somehow supposed to be consuming massive amounts of protein daily; and 2) we are led to believe that ONLY by eating meat can we obtain protein.

Guess what? Consuming high amounts of protein is bad; the RDA is 0.36 grams of protein per pound that we weigh. Continue reading