A Diet for all Reasons

by Michael Klaper, M.D.
This text is a transcription of the lecture given by Dr. Klaper on his Video "A Diet for all Reasons with Michael Klaper, M.D."
It was transcribed by CrystalDimensions.eu / CrystalDimensions.nl in 2010.
The pictures are stills taken from a low quality video and are therefore not of the best quality.

A Diet for all Reasons

The information in this program is not medical advice and is not given as medical advice.
Nor is it intended to propose, or offer to propose a cure for any disease or condition.
Before starting any medical treatment please consult you physician.

A Diet for all Reasons This is a quotation I saw in medical school by Thomas Edison. It said: "the doctor of the future will give no medicine, instead will interest his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease." One of Thomas's brighter ideas.

And, when I saw this quote in medical school I just past it right on by. I went to the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago and I was so into becoming a real doctor, and real doctors do real doctor things. They deliver babies, they fix broken arms, and they sow up a laceration, that's what real doctors do. And diet was boring stuff, nutrition...yuck...you send them to the dietitian and they figure out a 2000 calorie diet and don't bother me. And that is how I practiced medicine for the first 8 or 10 years of my career.

Well I have soon...eh...late...come to realize how important what we eat really is in the creation and prevention of so many of the diseases that we see today, and I'll tell you how I came to those realizations.

A Diet for all Reasons Now, the North American diet has changed - this is not going to be a technical lecture, but I did wanted to show you this one graph. Because there are some very significant lines here.

The two top lines, the lavender line and the yellow line are the amount of plant based foods that are consumed in the United States and in Canada as well. And this is back in 1909. You can see we are eating a lot of grain products. We're eating almost three hundred pounds of wheat and barley and other grain products. And almost two hundred pounds of potatoes a year. Look what happened in the intervening 85 years.

Our consumption of wheat and grain products have fallen to half of their 1909 level and our potato consumption has fallen to half of the 1909 level. Look what happened to the amount of flesh foods that we are eating. The amount milk we consume has more than doubled our beef consumption has gone up by 50% and our chicken consumption has gone up by 280%. We are eating a tremendous amount of animal flesh, and we have essentially exchanged a plant based diet for a meat based diet and the results have been just disastrous for both our health and the environment.

A Diet for all Reasons Consider how much animal flesh most North Americans eat. In their lifetime the average meat eating American is going to eat 15 cows. Going to eat 24 hogs, eat 12 sheep, she will eat 900 chickens and a 1000 pounds of assorted animals that either swam in the water or flew in the air. That is a tremendous amount of animal flesh to be pouring through the human bloodstream year after year. No wonder we wind up with clogged arteries and high blood pressure and cancers and a lot of other diseases, and ill show you how those two are related.

Let's talk about the heath effects of an animal based diet

Here it is the great American dietary catastrophe in all its glory.

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I grew up thinking this is good food. What's for lunch mom...oh I got something good for you son shed say. And shed give some food like this and my mother didn't know and your mother didn't know. They didn't know that the sausages and the eggs and the ham were just loaded with fat and cholesterol and this is a coronary artery thromboses waiting for someplace to happen.

Now what is the effect on you body when you eat food like this? Well the effect was brought out very dramatically to me about ten years ago. I was on the cardio vascular anesthesia service. That's the service that deals with people hearts and blood vessels. And like all good anesthesia residents I was making my rounds one evening to see my patients for next morning's surgery. And the last patient I was seeing, I pulled back the curtain and there was Mr. Phillips...nice fellow...but he was just huge. He weighed 290 pounds and he was booked for a 4 vessel coronary artery bypass procedure. He weighed 290 pounds, 290 was also his systolic blood pressure, it was also his cholesterol level, it was also his blood sugar level...I called him Mr.290. Nice guy, but really clogged up in his arteries. And because it was late at night it was too late to call the blood drawing technician out to draw his blood test. I drew his preoperative blood work into a glass tube. And I put it out at the nurses station and later I came by to pick up the blood tube and take it down to the laboratory and when I looked at the tube of blood I couldn't believe my eyes. When you draw blood into a glass tube and let it sit there for an hour, it separates out into two parts. And the red clot settles to the bottom and the liquid part of the blood, the serum, rises up to the top.

Here you see two tubes of blood and the tube on the left is normal serum, is normal blood. Here you see the dark red clot and this golden yellow liquid, this is normal serum. This is what your blood is supposed to look like.

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But when I looked at Mr. Philips's tube and it was just chocking. The serum floating in his tube was thick and greasy white. It looked like Elmer's glue. It stuck to the side of the tube when I shook it.

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I went back into the room I said Mr. Philips did you eat before you came to the hospital? He said: "yes". I said what did you have? Said: "I had a double cheeseburger and a Milkshake". And when he said that I realized what I was looking at was all the fat in the beef burger and the butterfat in the cheese and the butterfat in the ice-cream and the butterfat in the milk, had oozed out into his blood and turned his blood fatty. It's a well known clinical phenomenon its called Lipemia and it happens every time you eat a fatty meal you turn your blood fatty. And your blood stays this way for 4 hours, until your liver can clear it out of the bloodstream.

If you are like most North Americans and eat bacon and eggs for breakfast and a cheeseburger for lunch and fried chicken for dinner and ice-cream for dessert, you're keeping your blood fatty all day, the stuff never clears out of the blood stream. You keep your blood fatty for 40 years, 50 years, 60 years what do you think is going to happen to the arteries carrying all that fat. I will show you what happens to the arteries carrying all that fat in a few minutes. But it's a disaster.

There's a lot of fat in the North American diet and it's hidden in most foods. You can see the fat that's around a t-bone steak but most of the fat is in the muscle of the animal and it's hidden in the dairy products and most of the folks who present food to us don't want us to think about the fat, especially the fast-food industry. They really don't want you to think about how much fat is in their burgers and hotdogs, except one chain of fast-food restaurants in Los Angeles.

A Diet for all Reasons There is one burger chain that is very forthright about the reality of the fat content of their diet and they come right out and tell you clearly on their marquee about the product that they're selling. Now, if you stood outside of the exit door of this restaurant or McDonalds or any other fast food restaurant where people are shoveling in their cheeseburgers, if you stood at the exit door with a needle and a syringe in your hand and drew blood of the people walking out the exit door what you would see is most of the blood is as fatty as Mr. Philips blood tube. After all they are making their blood fatty.

Did you ever had a big cheese pizza and bowl of ice-cream afterwards and you feel a little greasy on the inside...its cause you really are...you really got greasy on the inside.

Animal fat comes in three flavors in the North American diet. It comes in the form of red meat...and the fat is in the meat, it is in the fibers of the animal's muscle and just trimming of the white fat around the edge of the steak really does not lower the fat and cholesterol contents significantly of the meat. So red meat is the number one source of fat and cholesterol in the North American diet.

A Diet for all Reasons The second is the yoke of hen's eggs. The egg of a chicken is meant to hatch baby chicks and the yoke of a hen's egg is one of the most concentrated globs of fat and cholesterol on the planet. It is made to power that baby chicken for 21 days with no other energy. And when you run egg yokes through your bloodstream you turn your blood fatty just like Mr. Philips.

And the third source of fat in the North American diet comes from that white fluid that comes out of the utter of a cow. Now cow's milk is a high fat fluid exquisitely designed for turning a 65 pound calf into a 400 pound cow in a year, that is what cows milk is for.

Now...whole milk has a butterfat content of 3%...that's the cream that rises up to the top and you eat...you drink a 3% solution of butterfat you're going to turn your blood fatty. As will a 2 in 1% solution of butterfat.

But at the dairy the butterfat is skimmed of and they concentrate it intro huge vats half the size of this room. And they concentrate the fat to 50, 60, 80, 90% fat, this stuff is so thick you can walk across it. Why do they do that?

A Diet for all Reasons Well they do that so you will buy it and eat it. The butterfat is mixed up with air until it hardens into chunks called butter; the butterfat is mixed with sugar and frozen and sold as ice-cream; the butterfat is mixed up with cocoa powder and sugar and is sold as milk chocolate; butterfat is mixed up with bacteria and allowed to ferment until it turns into sour cream, a lower fat version is called yoghurt; and the butterfat is mixed up with calves stomach and bacteria and allowed to ferment for about 6 weeks till it hardens into chunks called cheese.

These are all forms of butterfat. The folks at the dairy want you to buy the butterfat and eat it. And when you do, you turn your blood fatty.

There is absolutely no reason to run butterfat through your bloodstream at anytime and I'm summiting to you that you will be a lot healthier and happier if you do not...cows milk is for baby calves. You have no more need of cow's milk than you do Giraffe milk, or Horse milk or Rat milk.

Now back to Mr. Philips. Nice fellow, but I was impressed with all the fat in his bloodstream. We took Mr. Philips down to the operating room and I gave him 1000 micrograms of Fentanyl and put him to sleep and the surgeon opened up his chest and opened up his aorta and opened up his coronary arteries and what he...what the surgeon started pulling out of Mr. Phillips arteries were great long yellow greasy sausage like formations of fat that look like this...

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What you are looking at is a plug of material called Atherosclerosis and this is the plug of fat that built up in a man's arteries. The artery was the tube coming at you from the screen. The artery wall has been cut away and you re just looking at the fat that builds up.

A Diet for all Reasons It started around the edge of the blood vessel and started moving in on the blood flow channel as the years went by and the blood flow channel got smaller and smaller and smaller till only this dark red spot was left for the blood flow to come though and when a clot formed here it stopped the flow completely through that artery and because it happened in this mans right coronary artery it stopped the blood flow to his heart and bought him a ticket to the autopsy table.

This is the number one cause of death, of people in North America. Every thirty seconds on this continent, Canada included, somebody grabs their chest and falls over with a heart attack. This is animal fat clogging up the arteries.

When you send this material down to the pathologist and you ask him to analyze it, the report always comes back the same...saturated fat and cholesterol...its animal fat. The pathology report never ever...ever...contains the words remnants of broccoli, rice and tofu. It's animal fat.

The good news is when you stop running animal fat through your bloodstream this stuff melts away. This stuff will come of the artery walls and arteries can open up. And Dr. Dean Ornish in California and Dr. John McDougal and a number of other physicians are now routinely reversing Atherosclerosis having people cancel their coronary artery bypass surgery because they change their diet and their arteries have opened up. That's the good news.

Here is the process happening, here are six arteries coming at you from the screen.
A Diet for all Reasons The dark red circle is the artery wall; the pink material is the Atherosclerotic material clogging the artery; the white spot is the blood flow channel which is getting smaller and smaller and smaller. Any organ dependent on this blood vessel for its blood flow is in trouble. Fortunately it's a reversible disease.

This Atherosclerotic material clogs arteries all over the body. It's just a matter of which artery to which organ clogs up first that gives you the symptoms.

If the yellow Atherosclerotic fat builds up in an artery going to the brain, you will suffer a stroke; if it causes an artery going to you kidney you will suffer kidney failure or high blood pressure;

if the Atherosclerotic material accumulates on the walls of large blood vessels like the aorta, that takes blood from the heart down to the abdomen and legs, the artery walls become damaged and weaken they loose their strength. And the high pressure in the blood vessel causes the artery to balloon out forming an aneurism which can then rupture leading to emergency surgery or death.

If the yellow Atherosclerotic material clogs up an artery going to a loop of intestines then the general surgeon will open your abdomen and remove that loop of bowel;

if the Atherosclerotic material clogs up an artery going to a toe or foot you will watch that toe or foot turn dark and gangrenous and you'll sign permission forms for amputation;

and if the Atherosclerotic material clogs an artery going to the heart you will suffer crushing chest pain when you walk, called angina pectoris; or if it clogs the blood flow completely and damages the heart muscle...that is a heart attack.

People this is all the same disease. We are talking about animal fat essentially clogging up the arteries throughout the body and is the number one cause of death and disability in North America and this is essentially a disease of people who eat animals and the products made from animals, you almost never see these diseases in pure vegetarians and William Castelli, the doctor who runs the Framingham Heart Study says he has never seen a heart attack in anybody with a cholesterol below a 150 and there's good reason for that.

Why does this happen? Because all fats are not created equal. There's is a fundamental difference between animal fats and plaint oils. A Diet for all Reasons Animal fats contain cholesterol. No plant food contains cholesterol in any significant amount. It is an animal product. And very importantly animal; fats are highly saturated they've got lots of hydrogen atoms hanging on them and that makes animal fats very stiff. In fact animal fats are solid at body temperature. If you're in the kitchen on a summer day and you've got a piece of T-bone steak on the counter and its 98.6 degrees out, the same as your body temperature, the fat on that beefsteak is solid. There are some nice white chunks sitting there.

If you have a bottle of olive oil on the same table at that same temperature its liquid, at that same body temperature. I don't know about you but I don't want to eat fat that is solid at my body temperature, because it's going to start clogging up my arteries and that's the beauty of plant oils they are liquid at your body temperature they really don't cling to your arteries.

Animal fats contain a substance called Arachidonic Acid and Arachidonic Acid stimulates the creation in the body of a substance called prostaglandin 2. And prostaglandin sets of lots of inflammatory reactions in the body that can irritate the blood vessels, perhaps contributing to Atherosclerosis, it may well cause a lot of inflammatory reactions in the joints, the skin, the bronchial membranes and other places.

Plant oils have a substance called Linoleic Acid and that gives rise to substance called prostaglandin 1 and 3 and, these are natural anti-inflammatories, they sooth inflammation in the body. So people who are on more vegetarian diets have much less problems with inflammatory diseases. Fundamental difference...you have no need to take animal fats into your bodies at all and I really suggest you meet all your fat needs, and we need about 50 grams of fat a day, get it from plant oils. You find it in grains have oils, legumes have oils, nuts, seeds, there's lots of oils available in the plant kingdom...that's where you should meet your oil needs...not from the fat of animals.

A Diet for all Reasons The other thing about fats...they make you fat...animal fats stick to you. When you eat fat of animals those fats wash through your blood stream and as they flow through your fat stores under your skin they stick there. You've got fat cells looking for pre-made fats and you eat fat of animals they stick there. What you see hanging on this mans abdomen really isn't even his fat...that is the fat of all the cows and pigs and chickens and ducks and turkeys and other slow animals that were walking past his table when he had a fork in his hand. That is that.

The good news is, if he changes his diet and starts eating rice and vegetables and good plant based foods...this stuff melt's away. And people get leaner...it certainly happened to me.

A Diet for all Reasons Remember the old nursery rhyme of Jack Sprat could eat no fat, his wife could eat no lean. You always see Jack portrayed as a lean fellow, because he ate no animal fats. Mrs. Sprat is always seen sitting down. She has a hard time getting up, her knees hurt; her blood pressure goes up; her diabetes gets out of control...so she's usually sitting down.

The lesson of Jack Sprat certainly wasn't lost on me. Because back in the operating room in Vancouver...here I was and now I'm the anesthetist, and I'm standing at the head of the table looking down into the surgical wound and I'm seeing all this fat in these peoples arteries...and I did most of my growing up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin; I've been milking cows since I was 6 and driving tractor's since I was 8, and not only was Mr. Philips eating all these animals but so was Dr. Klaper. And I was eating cheese and chickens and various other slow animals and I was getting concerned. Not only should my patients not run all that fat through their blood streams but this old Doc shouldn't either. So I said to myself: "self...if you don't have to run all this fat through your bloodstream...must you? What is the nutrients in meats and dairy products that if you don't eat them you're going to be deficient of?"

So I opened up my books on biochemistry and physiology and nutrition and guess what I found...there is absolutely no nutrient...no protein; no vitamin; no mineral; no nothing, found in meats and dairy products that you can not obtain out of plant based foods.

Consider the biggest animals on the planet: Elephants and Buffalo's and Giraffes. These are vegetarian animals. They grow to thousands of pounds of muscle and bone without ever eating cheeseburgers and pepperoni pizzas...we can do the same. We can certainly build our 140 pounds or whatever it is you need to build in your body. The human body has absolutely no nutritional requirements for animal flesh. If you open up Harrison's textbook on Internal Medicine you will find no disease listed "acute cow flesh deficiency" and there is no "chronic chicken flesh deficiency" there is no such disease because we have no need for these substances whatsoever.

Animal fats they clog you up and they make you fat...two good reasons not to eat them.
Here's a couple of more. It seems to be fairly clear that as study after study comes out that if you are eating large amounts of fats in your diet you are significantly raising your risk for cancer. If you are a woman eating a lot of fat in your diet and that's talking about the hidden fat in cheeses and meats etc., you increase your risk of cancer of the breast.

A Diet for all Reasons Here are some countries that are compared by how much fat is eaten versus how many women die of breast cancer. And you can see that the Americans and the Dutch, with their big dairy industries, lead the way in not only fat consumption they lead the way in breast cancer deaths. Thailand is a Buddhist country. They eat very little meats and dairy products and breast cancers are so rare there if you find a case of it you report it at Grand Rapids. This seems to be a disease of diet, of a high fat diet. If I were a woman with breasts and I wanted to decrease my chances of breast cancer, I would get the fat out of my diet. That includes excessive amounts of vegetable oil...you need a little bit of vegetable oil but you don't want to slather to cups of corn oil over your spaghetti for any reason.

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Men are not spared the ravages of a high fat diet either. Because when a man eats lots of animal fats those fats are turned into male hormones called androgens. And androgens stimulate the prostate gland to get big. In our society when a man reaches 60 or 70 and his prostate gland gets big his doctor puts his arm around the patient and says: "well George that's just part of getting old...your prostate gland is getting big". No its not. That's 70 years of running androgen through that prostate gland...no wonder that gland gets big and prostate cancer is the number one killer of men.

And if you compare countries of the world, versus how much fat is eaten and how much men die of prostate cancer, sorts out that's the same way, the more fat that is eaten in a country the more the men die of prostate cancer. And again it's a very rare disease in Thailand where the people eat rice and vegetables and traditional foods.

So...animal fats. They clog you up, they make you fat and they increase your risk for a number of types of cancers. There's a three good reasons not to eat animal fats. And as I said there is absolutely no reason to eat them ever.

Now I'm describing problems with eating animal flesh they have to much fat and that includes chicken and fish. Fish has tremendous amount of fat and cholesterol in it and chicken flesh is very fatty food. If you ever watched your mother make chicken soup, you ever seen all that fat that rises up to the top there. Don't kid yourself that chicken is lean meat. It is not. There is just as much fat and cholesterol in chicken as there is in beef.

Animal muscle is animal muscle. And when you eat it, it raises the level of fat in your blood and you do not need it.

There is another problem with eating animal flesh. It has too much protein. Now when I was in medical school I never heard the words too much protein. I thought the more protein the better. Put em on a high protein diet, make em strong...'t aint so. You better believe there is such a thing called too much protein, and most North Americans suffer from it. First of all what is protein? Protein is the building block material that you use to make the hard structures of your body. Your fingernails are mad of protein, your hair is made of protein and your bones are made of protein. It's the brick of our bodies. The solid substances. Now you don't need much protein during the day. You only need about 30 grams of protein a day. That's the weight of ten pennies...mkay. Imagine ten pennies in your hand that's how much protein you need. But look how much protein the typical North American consumes.

A Diet for all Reasons On a typical North American eating day a typical American who has bacon and eggs for breakfast and a glass of milk, who has a cheeseburger and milkshake lunch and has a beefsteak dinner with a glass if milk and an some ice-cream for dessert, is clipping along at a 150 grams of protein. That is a five day supply of protein. That is too much protein. Why? Because your body can't store protein. Your can store fat, you can store carbohydrates, you can't store protein.

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So what happens? Well your liver starts breaking down that protein and as it metabolizes it, it releases all sorts of toxic nitrogen-containing waste like Urea and Ammonia and Amino Acid fragments. And these have a detrimental effect on the body. Because as all these Amino Acid wastes go through your kidneys it makes you loose calcium out of your urine. Why does that happen? Because there is fundamental differences between animal protein and plant protein. And I'm talking about the protein in meats and dairy products. Animal proteins contains Amino Acids that have sulfur and sulfur makes extra acid in the body. And as acids wash through the bone they dissolve calcium out of the bones. Plants have much less acid.

Animal proteins are very concentrated. The muscle of an animal is the most concentrated protein on the planet and so there is a big bolt of protein that goes into your blood stream as soon as you eat it. Plant protein is mixed up with fiber. When you eat whole grain rice or whole grain barley it takes hours for that to be absorbed into the blood stream. The absorption time is much, much slower. So the less acid nature of plant protein and slower absorption rate means it's much gentler in the body and it doesn't poke calcium out of your body.

A Diet for all Reasons That's a very significant phenomenon. The phenomenon of protein pulling calcium out of your body is appropriately called Protein-Induced...Protein-Induced Hypercalciuria. Too much calcium going out in the urine. What I'm saying is, and it's well documented, when you eat a big bolt of animal protein whether it be red meat or chicken or fish or even milk the acid nature of the protein washes through the bones dissolves the calcium which then goes out in the urine. And what I am telling you is that every time you eat a piece of chicken, every time you eat a piece of fish...ladies...for the next three or four hours you urinate calcium out of your body down the toilet. And the investigators who documented this many times clearly say that high protein diets cause a negative calcium imbalance even in the presence of more than adequate dietary calcium, even if you are taking calcium tablets and drinking milk, protein is such a potent yanker outer of calcium out of your body, that you will not be able to keep up with the calcium loss.

Does that ring a bell with anybody? It did with the investigators. They said that Osteoporosis, thin crumbly bones that fracture easily, would seem to be an inevitable outcome of continued consumption of a high protein diet. In our society we are told that the cause of Osteoporosis is not chewing up enough calcium tablets, or not drinking enough cow's milk. And you're really told to believe this. There is a lot of medical evidence that says this is just not so. And this is clearly shown, I feel, in a study that was released by Cornell University recently, done by Dr. Collin Campbell where they investigated thousands of people in the republic of China. And they found that in this country, essentially Osteoporosis is unheard of, they don't get Osteoporosis. Women make it into their eighties having nursed 5 children and they have nice strong bones. And yet here is a country that consumes essentially no dairy products. The milk isn't available, the cow's aren't available, the refrigeration isn't available. They get all their calcium out of grains and greens and fruits and vegetables and they don't get Osteoporosis. Because they are eating grains and vegetables and it doesn't make them urinate out their calcium. Its been clearly shown that as the Chinese folks move to the cities, get more affluent, and start eating more meat in their diet they start loosing calcium and then the Osteoporosis appears.

It's really becoming apparent that Osteoporosis seems to be not so much a disease of calcium deficiency; it's a disease of protein excess. You see Osteoporosis in the countries that consume the most protein. In the United States in Scandinavia and in Europe and Australia, that's where you see Osteoporosis. You don't see it in China; you don't see it in rural South-America you don't see it in rural Asia, where people are eating grains and vegetables. And I tell you dairy products are no protection against Osteoporosis because the Americans and the Canadians and Scandinavians are the people who drink more milk and eat more cheese then anybody else on planet Earth and they have the worst Osteoporosis on the planet. And if dairy protein, if dairy products protected you from Osteoporosis you wouldn't see it in North America, and you see just the opposite. Because there is so much protein in dairy products that it actually puts you in negative calcium imbalance. Makes you urinate out your calcium and Dr. Rekers study clearly shows this, they gave women three eight ounce glasses of milk a day for a year and they were still in negative calcium imbalance because there is so much protein in milk.

Don't rely on dairy products for your calcium, get it out grains and greens and fruits and vegetables but most important hold on to your calcium by getting all that chicken and fish flesh out of your kidneys and out of your body and out of your bones.

A Diet for all Reasons There's been studies comparing the bone density of vegetarian women versus meat eating women and clearly the vegetarian ladies hold on to their calcium better then meat eating women because they're not eating all that protein.

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The third problem with the North American diet outside of having too much fat and too much protein is that it has very little fiber in it. Plant fiber, the starches and sugars in plant foods that are not absorbed out of the intestine into the blood stream they stay in the intestine, they pass through intestine, these plant fibers draw water into the intestine, and they make for nice soft fecal material, makes for nice normal bowel function. And very importantly when meat is eaten and the meat gets down to the colon, the large intestine, the bacteria in the large intestine break down the meat proteins and the bile acids that the liver secretes to digest them, breaks these substances down into cancer causing substances, into carcinogens called benzopyrene and nitro cymene, and you smear these cancer causing substances on the inside of your colon for 50 years, 60 years, what do you think is going to set of in there? President Reagan found out the hard way as 60.000 North Americans do every year. They opened up his colon and found a big fungating cancer of the colon.

This is essentially a disease of meat eating people, you very rarely see this in vegetarian people because they are not smearing all that meat protein on the inside of their colon. Another good reason to consider eliminating animal products from your diet. You will substantially lower your risk of cancer of the colon. Numerous studies have now shown that.

A Diet for all Reasons Why does all this happen? Good heavens what a set of catastrophe used to fall on you just because you want a cheeseburger for lunch. That doesn't seem fair does it?

Well to me this seems pretty logical because our digestive system is simply is not that of a mountain lion. We are not carnivores, no matter how you look at it. In fact, if you compare the digestive system of man to a mountain lion and that of a true herbivore like a horse, you find we are far more like the herbivore then the carnivore. If you look at the mountain lion, you'll see that the jaw joint is an up and down vertical hinge. The jaws of your house cat or a mountain lions open up and down like a trapdoor they cannot chew from side to side if they wanted to because the jaw joint won't permit it.

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Horses and Antelope on the other hand have nice sliding jaw joints that permit them to chew in a rotary motion, and that works very nicely with their flat grinding molar teeth in the back of their lower jaw which allows them to grind up grains and greens and grasses. That is exactly the same arrangement that you and I have. We have nice sliding jaw joints and flat grinding molar teeth.

The back teeth of your house cat or a mountain lion are overlapping sheering fangs for tearing flesh. We really don't have carnivorous teeth. The stomach acid of a mountain lion is 20 times more concentrated than that of either a horse or a man, because mountain lions are digesting flesh, which its protein and needs a lot of acid. These animals are digesting carbohydrates that require a lot less acid to digest.

Then finally the mark of the intestine is a very key differentiating point. Whoever designed the mountain lion seemed to know again that when meat sits in the colon it breaks down into carcinogens and those cats do not want that meat sitting in the bowel for very long, and in a mountain lion the intestine is 12 feet and out, its time to move that stuff right out. That's a mark of a carnivore. The herbivores have the opposite situation. Horses and Antelopes and Gazelles are chewing up plant fiber all day, their enzymes need a long time to break down all the plant fiber. So it's in an herbivores interest to have a great long intestine, herbivores do, and so do we.

If you were the size of horse you're intestines would be one and half times the length of a horses intestine. We have great long intestines, not very much acid in the stomach, flat grinding molar teeth and sliding jaw joints. We are way more designed like an herbivore than a carnivore.

Now I'm not saying we are complete herbivores, we do have the ability to digest small amounts of meat. I believe that's an emergency ration to get us through times of famine. But if you eat a diet of all meat, like a mountain lion, you'll die. If you eat a diet of all vegetable products, you'll thrive. And that's been shown throughout history.

Now when I make these comparisons inevitably somebody points to their K9 teeth in their upper jaw and they say: "aha...what about these? Why are we given sharp teeth like this if we weren't supposed to be eating meat?" To that I can only reply that these K9 teeth in our upper jaw work very well for biting into apples and bananas and potatoes, but they really aren't carnivorous teeth. If you want to see what a set of real carnivorous teeth look like...here they are. Now if your teeth look like this, you can walk into McDonalds order three Big Macs, say: "don't bother to cook em, ill take them just like they are".

A Diet for all Reasons But seriously if you look at the K9 teeth on this big cat and compare it to the central incisors you can see the K9's are much longer then the central incisors. If you look in the mirror at your own teeth you'll find that your K9's are shorter then you're central incisors. They just don't work well for biting through flesh, and if you think they do, run this little thought experiment.

Imagine running out to the nearest cow you see, jump on its, back open your mouth and take a big bite out of its backside. Now what are you going to find? You're going to find that your mouth is very small and that you're teeth are very short and that you can't bite through that animals hide, let alone its muscle and you're going to get bounced of that cow and walk away very hungry.

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So the effects of an animal based diet on the human digestive system, the human body has just been disastrous. It has led to an epidemic of clogged arteries, of obesity, of cancer of the colon and the breast and the prostate gland, drains calcium out of our bone, it gives us high blood pressure. And fats on the body soak up insulin. And insulin is what you need to burn up your blood sugar. And people, who are obese, frequently have adult onset diabetes. They can't handle their blood sugar. As people get leaner their fat stores go down, they'd freeze up their insulin and many patients from my practice have their diabetes go away, because they get nice and lean and they got plenty of insulin that works.

And this has been my experience in my medical practice. When I saw Mr. Philips and all that fat in his blood, and I decide to change my diet, wonderful thing happened. I learned how to make a couple of good breakfasts and lunches and diners and I took a walk every day and suddenly something remarkable happened in my body. First of all, most clearly, that 20 pound spare tire of fat around my waste, which I couldn't shake even though I was running 5 miles a day. That spare tire in 6 weeks ...pghew...just melted right away, and I started waking up in a nice lean, light body and it felt great. My cholesterol level dropped down from 220 down to 140, my blood pressure, which had been 150 over 90 dropped down to 110 - 70, and it felt wonderful waking up in nice lean light body every day.

Well with that I knew that there was not only change in my life, but there was also change in my medical career happening. Because there I was learning to be an anesthesiologist and I was literally spending my day putting people to sleep. And I felt that if I wanted to be a good physician and keep people out of hospitals, it was time to help em wake up! So, I had 6 months left in my residency but I went to the head of the anesthesia said: "sir, as much as I enjoy anesthesia, I'm going back to general practice".

And I did. And I moved down to Florida and I opened up a little clinic, but this time I was smart. In the clinic I put in a little kitchen, because you just can't tell people what not to eat, you've got to say: "here's what you eat". And I had a vegetarian chef come in, and we showed people twice a week how to cook grains and make salad dressings, and we showed them breakfasts and lunches and diners. And those people who could eat in that delicious style, and it's delicious, and take a walk every day, noticed the same wonderful changes I did. I'd have them come in the office and step on the scale and get their blood pressure checked, and as the weeks went by this marvelous downward progression of numbers started showing up on their charts. Their weight would go down by about two pounds a week, if they were over weight; their high blood pressure...blood pressure would come right on down; if they had high cholesterol...cholesterol level would come right on down; if they were diabetic, their blood sugar would come right on down to normal. And very happily for me, the dosage of powerful medications I had these people on for their high blood pressure and their diabetes, I can lower them right on down, and in fact many times get them of those medications completely, including those for high blood pressure and diabetes, those pills that people are told: "they must take for the rest of their life". Its not that hard to get someone of high blood pressure pills, just get all that fat and sodium, which is found in meats and dairy products, out of their diet, and those peoples high blood pressure comes down to normal.

But the best part is they'd be walking out of the office and they'd say: "well you know doctor it's nice, my blood pressure is down, its nice...my cholesterol, but you know the best part...I haven't felt this good in years. I feel light and clean; I got energy; I sleep better; my breath is cleaner; I feel good!" And just warmed this old doctor's heart no end!

Medical school never really prepared me for people getting healthy and yet there they were getting healthier right in front of my eyes. It was really exciting to see. Now the problems that I mentioned with meat: too much fat; too much protein and no fiber, are common to all meats. Whether it be red meat or poultry or fish, have no illusions...animal muscle is animal muscle and they all have too much fat; too much protein and no fiber.

But nowadays animals are not raised in old McDonald's barnyard out in the sunshine, so there's a whole new set of problems because the animals are raised on factory farms, in conditions of tremendous overcrowding.

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These animals are fed grains that are sprayed with herbicides and pesticides, these are fat soluble substances; they concentrate in the flesh and the eggs and the milk of the animals.

A Diet for all Reasons And the largest amount of pesticides and hydrocarbons coming into your diet are not sprayed on fruit and vegetables they come in the meats and the dairy products. And if you want to decrease the amount of pesticides you eat consider cutting down the amount of animal products you eat.

The animals in factory farm systems are fed tremendous amounts of antibiotics. If you feed antibiotics to animals they grow bigger and they are less prone to infection. And half the antibiotics made in the United States, 30 million pounds of them a year, are fed to animals in their feed.

Well, what happens when you feed an animal a potent antibiotic like lincomycin, tetracycline, sulfonamides, ampicillin...what happens?

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Well what you do is you kill of the bacteria in that animal's intestine that are susceptible to the antibiotic, what do you leave behind? The roughest toughest antibiotic resistant bacteria going. And they have names like: salmonella, shigella, clostridia. You eat an underdone piece of chicken or burger; with salmonella bacteria on it, you're going to be very sorry. It rips up the lining of your intestine, gives you a bloody diarrhea. If you're an adult it will put you in the hospital with an intravenous going. And if you're a child it will dehydrate you and kill you.

On this continent over 4 million people every year get sick with salmonella, food poisoning, largely from eating poultry and meat. Their chicken carcasses are being brought into the kitchen and slopped all around the cutting board and it contaminates the utensils in the kitchen and it is becoming a worrisome problem of major, major proportions.

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Antibiotics can lead to tainted meat...you bet they can, and more and more people are getting concerned about it. You don't have to give antibiotics to broccoli.

You are going to see more and more headlines like this: here's hundreds of people sick in Illinois from salmonella poisoning in milk;

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here are underdone burgers causing salmonella food poisoning;

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here's a dreadful one: 400.000 hens and a million eggs poisoned with Polychlorinated biphenyls. This is an industrial chemical in electrical transformers, that when it is discarded from industry winds up in the rivers and into the oceans and into the fish and accumulates in the fish flesh. Did you know that half the Canadian fish flesh is not eaten by people? It is ground up and either made into fertilizer or added to animal feed. And here was a tremendous amount of PCB contaminated fish flesh that was added to chicken feed and the chickens ate the PCB's and it wound up in their meat and in the eggs.

People are getting concerned, they say: "don't let unsafe food put our lives at risk", for good reason. And these are episodes of contamination by animal based foods. And so many of your friends, who during the year get the flu; it isn't the flu...its salmonella poisoning.

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A Diet for all Reasons The media has been fairly responsible in trying to educate us about the realities of the dangers of our high fat diet, I'm very appreciative. It brings you to the same position that was reached by Gregorio Natividad, who was a meat inspector in Los Angeles, who worked there for 23 years. And he said: "based on my experience in Los Angeles, my advice to the public is...not to eat meat". This is a meat inspector, been watching it for 23 years, maybe he knows something we should pay attention to.

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Here's another reason why we should consider changing our diet, our kids are eating a lot of fat and it is hurting them. Children in North America are fatter then ever before and their cholesterol levels are higher than ever before, and we are seeing heart attacks in younger and younger people. Don't kid yourself, a heart attack is not something that falls out of a tree on you at age 50, this stuff builds up in your arteries from childhood. And, every year on this continent, a thousand teenagers suffer strokes. A thousand teenagers a year suffer strokes. John McDougall is one of them by the way. We are seeing fat related disasters haunt our children. And researchers at Louisiana State University clearly say we should decrease the amount of fat we are feeding our kids.

A Diet for all Reasons Here is USA-Today announcing that study, recommending we lower the fat contents of our children's food. We are working actively to work in the schools to help get fat free entrees onto the cafeteria line.

High blood pressure is a nasty disease and it leads to strokes and heart attacks and kidney failure. Why do people get high blood pressure? Well one way to view it is to consider the analogy of a garden hose. If you have a garden hose with a certain diameter and you have water flowing through it, there's going to be a certain pressure on that hose. What if you wanted to raise the pressure in the garden hose? Well there's two ways to do it: one, is to make the hose narrower. That will raise the pressure. The other thing to do is to put more water through the hose...hat will raise the pressure. Well that's exactly what happens in our arteries. As we eat the standard North American diet and that fat builds up in the arteries the arteries become narrower, and so that raises the pressure.

A Diet for all Reasons And when you eat sodium, as in table salt, sodium makes you retain water, in order to dilute it out. And the more sodium you eat the more water pump around and that's going to raise the pressure in the pipes. Guess where most by far, where most of the sodium is found in the North American diet, in meats and dairy products.

Sodium is in the muscle of all animals. All meat has sodium: chicken; fish; meat, it's in the muscle of the animal. And the second place that sodium is found is in cow's milk. That mother cow wants to give her baby calf lots of sodium, because it's expanding his blood vessels, as a growing calf should. And by far meats and dairy products have more sodium then any other substance in our diet. And if you really want to decrease your sodium content, decrease the meats and dairy products. And I tell you people, if you are being treated for high blood pressure and you are still eating cheese and eating chicken, you are kidding yourself. And no wonder the doctor is going to raise your amount of Diuretics and Eldermeds and all those other medications. You really want to open up your arteries and decrease your sodium contents...stop eating all that cheese and milk and animal products, and you'll find your blood pressure takes care of its self.

I don't want to be to be simplistic about it, there are other severe causes of high blood pressure, it's a complicated disease, it's not the only cause of it. There are kidney reasons, there are other reasons, and you should work with your physician. Tell him you're changing your diet and you don't stop those medications by yourself, you work with him. But stay in communication with your physician it is possible...change your diet...to taper down those medications. And I found numerous times the doctor better taper down those medications, because as people change their diet, reduce the fat and salt, the potent medications we have them on become too strong and people start passing out when they stand up. It's important that the doctor tapers down the medication. So tell him or her that you are reducing your sodium content and work with them. You'll often be able to get of your medications or at least substantially reduce them.

A Diet for all Reasons Premenstrual syndrome - PMS, whoever though that had anything to do with diet. It certainly does. When a woman eats animal fats, again that substance Prostaglandin 2 is released in het body, and Prostaglandin 2 makes the uterus constrict; it makes her retain fluid; it makes her get irritable. Premenstrual syndrome.

I can't tell you how many women in my practice, when they've eliminated the meats and dairy products for other reasons, for blood pressure reasons or obesity reasons, few months later they're walking out of the office saying: "you know something; by the way, my PMS went away. My last three periods haven't bothered me at all. Isn't that amazing doctor?" No, it's not amazing. The lady stopped running fat through her blood stream and changed the Prostaglandin balance and her body is a lot happier.

These conditions that I'm telling you improve with a vegetarian diet. I'm not trying to say it's a panacea, I think the opposite situation exists. Why do we have all these diseases? I think its analogous to pulling into the gasoline station with your car and instead of pulling up to the gas pump and pumping in gasoline in your car, you pull up to the diesel pump and you put diesel fuel in your tank, which is kerosene. Now kerosene is too oily, and what happens, you drive away and there's black smoke coming out the tailpipe and there's crud building up on the sparkplugs and the engine runs rough and stops and you get towed back into the garage and the mechanic asks you: "what are you burning for fuel?" And you say: "why...kerosene" and he says: "well, I have an idea, why don't you try gasoline". And you put gasoline in the car and...oh...it works great! The black smoke disappears; the engine is hums along. And you think about the mechanic and say: "agh, he is so smart". He is not so smart, he jus told you to put the proper fuel in the engine and it will run fine. Similarly with us. Animal fats are too oily, they're too greasy, they stick to us; they clog us up. Your body cells burn carbohydrates. Your Krebs Cycle Enzymes burn carbohydrates. You eat burned sugars and starches. That's what you want to run your body on, not animal fats.

Which brings us around to the Seibu lions, or the Japanese professional Baseball league. More and more world class athletes are realizing that our body cells burn sugars and starches not fats. And if you are an athlete about to run a marathon or play tennis or basketball, it is just irrational to sit down to a big t-bone steak and load up on fat and protein. That's exactly y what you don't want. You want carbohydrates. And training tables around the world are springing up with fruits and pasta's before a match and that's really what athletes should be eating.

Seibu Lions finished in the last place in their league in 1981, their coach put them on a vegetarian diet the next year they came out, beat everyone in the league and took the league championship two years in a row.

A Diet for all Reasons There are now vegetarian weightlifters and...Andrescali, Mr. Universe down in California is a vegetarian; James Donaldson the big 7 foot 3 inch center of the Dallas Mavericks is a vegetarian; there is marathon runners that are vegetarians; cyclists; tennis players. You don't have to eat a bull to be as strong as one that's for sure.

We need a higher viewing of nutrition...altogether. The one that we've been given simply isn't working very well. We need a higher viewing. And what is the higher viewing? Well let's talk about the one that isn't working very well.

If you learned nutrition like I did you learned it of this silly poster that hangs in grammar school walls all over this country. And it essentially says that food comes in four groups and four groups only. It comes in the milk group; in the meat group; in the fruit and vegetables group and in the grain group. And you better have some of every group every day or you risk becoming sick; malnourished or dead. Subtle message but it's what the kids are given, it is what I grew up with maybe it is what you grew up with.

People lets get real about the basics or food groups scheme. It was not, to repeat...not...handed down to Moses on Mount Sinai with the Ten Commandments carved in stone. The basic four food group scheme was invented by the United States Department of Agriculture in 1956 to promote the sale of meat and dairy products. What do you really need to run you body? Nutrition 101, what do you really need?

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You need five things that has nothing to do with cheeseburgers and milkshakes. The human body has no nutritional requirements for animal flesh...none. And it functions superbly on a balanced varied diet of plant based foods.

Five things you require: protein, water, vitamins, minerals and energy. That's what you require. You need a little bit of protein, 30 grams a day. It abounds in grains and legumes and fruits and vegetables. There's no problem getting enough protein.

You need two quarts of water every day. That is found in the water your drink; the juices you drink; the fruit and vegetables that you eat. That's no problem.

You need vitamins and minerals. They are found in green and yellow vegetables. Have a nice salad every day, couple of carrots. You'll get all the vitamins that you need and all the minerals. We'll talk about vitamin B12 in a minute. Even that comes from plant based foods.

You need energy, to fire your muscles and make your nerves work. Energy is found in the sugars and starches that are found in fruits and vegetables and starches. And oils, that are found in whole grains and avocado's and vegetable oils. There's plenty of energy available. It's all you need: protein, water, vitamins, minerals, energy and a little bit of fiber to keep the intestines working normally. But that's an automatic if you're eating whole grains and fruits and vegetables.

That's all you need to run your human body and all of these are found in plant based foods. You never have to eat an animal if you don't want to.

A Diet for all Reasons Well where are you going to get your protein? Perennial question posed to vegetarians. The same place that elephants and buffalo's and giraffes get their protein. You get it out of plant based foods. Grains are loaded with protein. In your diet every day you need 5% of your calories as protein. Grains are 10% protein. So all the breads that you eat, the diner grains: rice and barley they have lots of protein, the pasta's that are amazing, whole grains, lots of protein.

Legumes, anything that grows in a pod is a legume. Beans, peas, chickpeas, lentils. 25% protein, loaded with protein.

Green vegetables, no one ever told me broccoli has lots of protein. Sure does, 15% protein in green vegetables.

Nuts are a nice source of protein. People say: "oh, I don't want to eat nuts, makes you fat". Not if you're not running butterfat and cheese and egg yokes through your bloodstream. Have a handful of almonds, its not going to hurt you, and you can use the calcium and the protein for good advantage.

Sprouts are a nice source of protein. So is seeds: sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds. Lot's of protein available. You cannot consume a calorically adequate 2000 calorie diet made up of grains and legumes and green vegetables, nuts, sprouts and seeds without guaranteeing yourself 50 grams of high grade protein. It's in the plant foods. And you don't have to combine grains with legumes. That whole wives tale that they're incomplete proteins is a myth. All plant proteins are complete in and of themselves. Grains are complete proteins, beans are complete proteins, Greens are complete...they're all complete. If you want to combine them, that's nice but have no protein neuroses that if you don't put tofu spread on your whole wheat bread that it's a waste of time. They're all complete proteins all by themselves.

And proteins from plant foods do not yank the calcium out of your body the way proteins from animal foods do.

A Diet for all Reasons "Where do you get your calcium, if you're not drinking milk?" Get your calcium from the same place cow's get their calcium. I mean think about it...cows don't drink milk. Where do they get the calcium? They get it from green plants; all green plants have calcium in it and all the broccoli and collards and kales that you eat. Nuts have calcium, seeds, grains; calcium is in all plant foods. It's easy to get enough calcium and again the important thing is that if you're not eating all this concentrated protein in the chicken and the fish you hold on to your calcium and you avoid Osteoporosis. By the way the ethnic group with the worst Osteoporosis on the planet are the Eskimo's. Who eat all that fish they wind up urinating out their calcium. They dug up an Eskimo skeleton of a lady who died 500 years ago in the ice, she had terrible Osteoporosis.

So what in the world do we eat? Good heavens he is taking fish away from us and cheese away from us, what is there left to eat? Well I really think we ought to be basing our diets on grains. Here is a cross section of a kernel of wheat, but all grains: barley, oats, millet, rye their all basically built the same way.

Here is the new young wheat plant and this is the germ and its rich in proteins and vitamins and minerals and oils and it's a great source of protein and minerals for us.

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Here is the starch; the carbohydrate that fuels the little plant it fuels us just beautifully as well. And all this is wrapped in a layer of bran, the fiber, and it's an excellent pack of nutrition for us.

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"Now, who eats grains?" you might say, where...you know were not horses...who eats grains. Well we do.

A Diet for all Reasons All the whole grain bread that you're eating has lots of nice proteins and fiber in them. And if you have four slices of this a day you will not get fat. Its just carbohydrates and water and fiber, and you'll either burn it or pass it out. I hope nobody is eating white kleenex bread anymore, if you're going to be eating whole grain bread get the benefits of all the bran and the protein and the fibers as well.

A Diet for all Reasons Cereals...nice source of whole grain goodness, and there's lot's of whole grain cereals available in the supermarket these days.

A Diet for all Reasons This material is called tofu yoghurt. I'll tell you about tofu yoghurt in a minute.

A Diet for all Reasons You can cook grains up and add a nut butter like sesame seed butter and turn it into a nice grain loaf and it takes the place of meatloaf, you serve it with gravies and sauces.

A Diet for all Reasons You can take this same grain mixture and mix it up into burger patties and make grain burgers and it takes the place of hamburgers, and you serve it on a bun with lettuce and tomato's and sprouts.

One nice thing to do is...one morning in the kitchen, make about 50 of these, wrap them in wax paper and put them in your freezer. Now you've got a whole freezer full of burgers. Come time for lunch, whip out a couple, put them in the toaster oven, heat them up and you've got an instant lunch. You don't have to slave over a vegetarian banquette every time. Use your freezer. Food's last a long time.

A Diet for all Reasons Pasta's are a nice source of grain goodness. There's lot's of whole grain pasta's, corn pasta's, oat pasta's available these days.

A Diet for all Reasons Grains can be added to soups. You have Vegetable rice soups, bean and barley soup, wonderful place to get grain goodness into your diet. And a big bowl of this kind of soup and a hunk of dark red makes a wonderful nutritious lunch with no cholesterol.

A Diet for all Reasons Corn is a nice grain, I enjoy it often. Rice is a nice grain; it fuels half the people on the planet.

A Diet for all Reasons Legumes...wonderful source of protein. Three tablespoons of this bean salad will give you as much protein as a chicken diner but it won't yank calcium out of your bones the way chicken flesh does.

The bean family is huge: lima beans, ...beans, navy beans, great northern beans, lot's of beans. People say: "well, I don't want to eat beans, cause they give me gas". A way around that by the way is to realize that most of the gas problem comes from a sugar on the surface of the bean called hemicellulose. And hemicellulose is soluble in water. So if you're going to make bean soup or bean chili, the night before take the beans put them in a pot; cover it with water; let them soak overnight. The next morning spill of the soaking water; rinse the beans a couple of times and you'll get rid of most of that hemicellulose and stay a lot more socially acceptable to your friends.

A Diet for all Reasons Lentils...nice source of proteins, soak em season them, enjoy them.

A Diet for all Reasons Probably the legume protein that is consumed most by vegetarians is soy protein in the form of tofu. Tofu is found at all supermarkets these days. It's dated like milk and you buy the tofu with the date furthest in the future. So it's the freshest tofu.

Take it home; open the packet; spill of the soaking water; take the block of tofu; put it into a bowl; cover it with water and you store it in your fridge under water. Every morning just change the tofu water and it will keep for a while. But you shouldn't keep it that long in your fridge, you ought a use it. Now some people say: "I tried tofu once...yugh...it's bland and yucky and doesn't taste good". Well that's because tofu is a raw ingredient. Pastry flower doesn't taste great either until you do something with it; you gotta make it into cookies and cakes, same thing with tofu.

A Diet for all Reasons What do you do with it? Well lots of things. It's a great meat substitute a great transition food even though it's a processed food. You can cube it up and put in you're stir fried vegetables and it takes the place of meat. But no protein here: soy protein in the tofu, green vegetable protein in the broccoli, nut protein in the walnuts. There are lots of proteins. Serve this over rice and noodles and you'll get easily the proteins that you would out of the meat meal but without the calcium loosing effect of all that animal protein.

A Diet for all Reasons Tofu can be cubed up and added to salads and it takes up the salad dressing and it enhances the flavor of the salad.

A Diet for all Reasons You can scramble tofu. You can mash it up and add a yellow spice called turmeric and some sesame seed butter and just put it in your skillet and it turns into a beautiful scrambled egg substitute that can be served over toast.

A Diet for all Reasons You can mash up tofu and ground it and turn it into spaghetti and tofu balls.

A Diet for all Reasons You can make tofu cream pie, tofu cheesecake...this is not a diet of depravation let me tell you...by a long shot.

A Diet for all Reasons This slide is to remind me to tell you, that you should not eat all your foods all processed. The more you cook food the deader it gets. You heat up food and it starts loosing vitamin contents, the proteins coagulate, the fats denature. Cooking food devitalizes it. Eat as much of your diet if you can raw and fresh or lightly steamed vegetables. My diet now is about 60-40 raw, 70-30 raw around there. I can't do a whole raw diet right now it's not time for me to do that. When I try to do that I loose weight and start dreaming about potatoes and spaghetti and so I go back and eat cooked foods. But when I eat all cooked foods I'm logy and heavy and that doesn't feel good either, so think about moving your diet more towards uncooked foods.

A Diet for all Reasons Vegetables, again, should be lightly steamed or just a quick stir fry in a wok and out. Don't deep fry anything keep that food as fresh and vital as you can.

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I'm here to help dispel illusions. This is the kind of attitude we can no longer afford. We ought to stop kidding ourselves about what we are doing on this planet, because our dietary and lifestyles are ripping this planet up.

Victor Hugo said: "no army is as powerful as an idea whose time has come". We have got to start living reverently on this planet, we have got to start being gently with the life support systems upon which we all depend, including the waters, the rivers and the trees and the animals and the earth itself. And changing our diet along with controlling our population and getting clean energy supplies, controlling our diet is absolutely key. You have that power. Every time you are in the supermarket or the restaurant.

People say: "think globally, act locally". There is nothing more local than your dinner plate. And you have the power to make yourself healthier and the planet.

If I had to summarize this lecture in a single sentence it's this: the single most effective thing anybody can do in order to make themselves personally healthier and make this eco system more stable and life preserving, is to reduce or eliminate the animal flesh in your diet. It is the single most effective thing that you can do. If we will do that we will not only ensure a better future for us all, but we will redefine the relationship we have with every creature on this planet.

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