Category Archives: Health

Five ways a vegetarian diet protects against colon cancer

man-eating-healthyA plant-based diet is a powerful way to substantially cut your risk of colon cancer. It’s long been known that vegetarians have a very significantly reduced risk of colon cancer. Several studies have shown that vegetarians reduce their risk of colon cancer by 46%-88%, they have a 54% reduced risk of polyps, and a 200% reduced risk of advanced polyps which can become malignant. Since colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death, these percentages are very important. While we’ve known this for quite a while, we didn’t know why until recently – now we do! Read more

Salicylate – the vegetarian’s secret ingredient for health

Aspirin bottleTake two aspirin and call me in the morning is the common refrain we often hear from doctors. Aspirin, aceta-salicylic acid as it’s technically known, is rapidly metabolized to salicylic acid in the body. Doctors have determined that salicylic acid is responsible for many of aspirin’s beneficial effects.  It turns out that salicylic acid is present in many plant foods and are easily absorbed by the body. One study showed that some vegetarians have the same amount of salicylates in their blood as people who take daily low dose aspirin.

Salicylates have been found to lower blood levels of indicators of inflammation in the body, such as Cardio Reactive Protein (CRP). Their anti-inflammatory effects are helpful in preventing heart disease, and lowering the risk of inflammatory diseases such as Rheumatoid Arthritis and Crohn’s Disease. They’ve even been found to be helpful in treating those diseases. Recently, scientists have determined that salicylates are also effective at preventing and even treating colon cancer, and they are currently studying other benefits of salicylates that may go beyond their anti-inflammatory benefits.

Vegetarians receive some salicylate in their diets on an ongoing basis over many years, thereby contributing to the continuing beneficial effects. These naturally occurring salicylates are enough to give many vegetarians an anti-inflammatory benefit and even an anti-cancer effect.  Studies have found that a plant-based diet can lower the risk of both Rheumatoid Arthritis and Crohn’s Disease, so it may be the salicylates in their diet that are giving them this benefit.

You can obtain salicylates from a variety of different foods. Plant foods vary in the amount of salicylates they contain, but here are a few that have generous amounts:

PineappleAlmonds, Chicory, Green peppers, Mushrooms, Nectarine, Pineapple, Prunes, Radishes, Raisins, Raspberries, Tomato paste, Zucchini,

Not to be overlooked are the salicylates present in relatively large amounts in many spices. While only a small amount of spice is typically used, their high levels is still enough to significantly contribute to salicylates in the diet.

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Here are few spices that have generous amounts:

Cumin, Mint, Paprika, Thyme, Turmeric.

Once again we see the many health benefits in various spices. So remember that by being vegetarian, you are get a little bit of nature’s medicine every day!

What am I to believe?

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Man Bites Dog!

Are you confused about nutrition and health? If you are, you’re not alone. We’re flooded nutritional information these days.  Websites, articles in the newspapers, new books being published, scientific studies on the benefits or harm caused by one ingredient or another – it’s hard to keep up with it all, and so much of it seems contradictory or just doesn’t make sense.  Many of us wonder just what to believe!  So we’d like to share with you some pointers to help you sift through the minefield. Read more

The Paleo Fantasy – update

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Jane Goodall – Anthropologist

Scientists have recently discovered settlements of vegetarian Neanderthals in Europe. It seems that they lived on a plant-based diet and ate no meat at all. This should come as no surprise since everyone from Charles Darwin to Clifford Roberts, the editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Cardiology, to the famous anthropologist Jane Goodall, tells us that we are designed by anatomy and physiology to be vegetarians.

“The human species does not have the physical attributes of a carnivore.  If everyone knew and faced up to all the facts, most would either opt for drastically cutting their meat consumption or giving up meat altogether.“

– Jane Goodall, Author of Harvest for Hope

Paleo man didn’t eat as much meat as has been hyped and some ate none at all. Since the mistaken notions and thinking behind the Paleo Diet have continued since our last posting debunking it, we thought we would add a little more refutation to it.

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Strength and Endurance

Strength and Endurance – Scientists tell us what we already know

 

Scientists at the University of Arizona have just confirmed through a rigorous study what many vegetarian athletes already knew. Vegetarian athletes have just as much peak muscle strength, and even more endurance than their meat-eating counterparts. This is borne out by the many athletes who are choosing to be vegetarian or vegan these days, because they find that it improves their performance.

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David Carter, defensive lineman with Jacksonville Jaguars

Take football player David Carter, a defensive lineman with the Jacksonville Jaguars, and formerly with the Oakland and Dallas teams, for example.  He became enthusiastic about his vegan diet after seeing the results and learning about the effect of his food choices. Eating an entirely plant-based diet, David experienced more energy and his stamina went through the roof. All his numbers in the weight room actually went up. Read more

Trouble in the Bathroom – Constipation

Let’s talk about constipation. It may be an embarrassing topic, but did you know that there’s a big vegetarian advantage when it comes to preventing and treating constipation, and some more serious colon health problems, that are so common in our meat-centered society? When it comes to constipation, the sales figures for laxatives tell the story as well as anything. No one should have to pay to poop, yet Americans spend over $1 billion dollars on laxatives every year to do just that. The culprit, as with so many other health problems, is the low-fiber, meat-centered, American diet. This is where, as with so many health issues, a healthy vegetarian diet can come to the rescue. Read more

Prescribe Vegetarian Campaign News

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Stewart Rose gives presentation to Resident Physicians at Tacoma General Hospital

The Prescribe Vegetarian Campaign encourages medical schools to include the health benefits of a plant-based diet in their curricula, and for practicing doctors to prescribe a plant-based diet to prevent and treat disease where appropriate.

We’re happy to tell you about our latest Campaign event. Last month, we gave a presentation on the “Prevention and Treatment of Disease with a Plant-Based Diet” to Family Medicine Resident Physicians at Tacoma General Hospital. The doctors all seemed very interested. When we asked them at the end if they thought that the prevention and treatment of disease with a plant-based diet should have been part of their formal education almost every hand went up. Read more

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