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What multi-vitamin best meets the needs of a vegan diet?
I found the answer to this question at http://earthsave.org where the story below was reprinted. If you or a loved one is suffering from lupus, you can find contact info for… the doctor responsible for bringing about this 'miracle' (only a miracle if you do not yet realize that humans are herbivore, not omnivore, by natural design) cure at the bottom of the page. A Lupus Victim - Life Saved by the McDougall Diet by Shirlene JonesThis is not a story about weight loss but a story about a miracle.My 17-year-old daughter, Vanessa, tried to join the Air Force in October 2001. She passed everything but the urine test; she had too much protein in her urine. We then went to our family doctor, who sent her for several tests. She showed positive signs for lupus.We were then sent to a pediatric nephrologist, who looked at her records, then looked at her and said, "Vanessa has lupus nephritis and I want to put her in the hospital to do a kidney biopsy tomorrow." When we went to the hospital, they started her on 60 mg. of prednisone and Norvasc, a medicine for high blood pressure.The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified kidney tissue disease into five categories. Vanessa's biopsy was categorized a 4, one category before dialysis is needed. Once a kidney reaches this point, there is little hope for it to get better. It can be stabilized, but often prgresses to a category 5, dialysis, and then a kidney transplant.Vanessa was next required to take Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), a drug used in stronger doses for chemotherapy treatment of cancer patients. This drug could cause bleeding of the bladder and sterility, among the possible side effects. Vanessa was to go to the hospital once a month to have this drug administered for six months, and then another biopsy was to be performed to determine the next plan of action.Meanwhile, my husband had been taking blood pressure medicine for over a year and was just put on a sugar pill for diabetes. In January 2002 a friend of mine gave me the book "McDougall's Medicine-a Challenging Second Opinion."As I read this book I saw that it would not only help my husband but also Vanessa. As my husband and I did more research, we became convinced this was worth a try. Now, not only does my husband no longer take any medications, but Vanessa's second biopsy was between a category 1 and 2. The doctor has never seen this happen and is now in the process of reducing the prednisone and has discontinued the Cytoxan.Vanessa works full time and enjoys riding her Yamaha 650 V-Star. We have found that all of the recipes in McDougall's "Quick and Easy" cookbook are wonderful. I have not found even one we did not like. About Lupus by John McDougall, MDThe Lupus Foundation of America Inc. says, "Fad diets, advocating an excess or an exclusion of certain types of foods, are much more likely to be detrimental than beneficial in any disease, including lupus."It is a good thing Vanessa and her mother did not read this first-otherwise she would likely be tied to a dialysis machine for life and heading for a premature, painful death.I find it hard to understand what motivates people, like those from the Lupus Foundation, to make such statements, especially when the current scientific information does not support their negative position. Lupus is a disease of people living in Western countries, consuming the American diet. For example, lupus is rare in rural Africa-the first case of lupus was described in Africa in 1960; by contrast, today in the United States, African Americans have the highest incidence of lupus of any subpopulation- reflecting the differences in diet in these genetically similar people.Animal studies show diet will cause and cure this disease, and there have been case reports of people cured of lupus with a healthy diet.Lupus involves the whole body, including the immune system. In sensitive people, food proteins (usually animal proteins) enter the bloodstream through a "leaky gut." The body makes antibodies to these foods proteins. Unfortunately, the antibodies do two things that cause problems:1. Antibody-antigen complexes are formed that persist and become stuck in the skin, joints, and/or kidneys, causing an inflammatory reaction (like slivers of wood stuck under the skin);2. Antibodies are made to these foreign food proteins that also attack the person's own tissues (skin, joints, kidneys and other tissues).By both mechanisms the tissues become inflamed, eventually die and are replaced by nonfunctioning scar tissues. People with lupus commonly suffer with a characteristic "butterfly rash" on their face, severe deforming arthritis and nephritis of the kidneys. Traditional medical treatments fail to arrest this disease. A healthy, pure-vegetarian, low-fat diet will dramatically benefit and often cure people of this disease-as in Vanessa's case. Approximately 1.5 million people in the U.S. suffer from lupus-you must know someone you can help. The same applies to other forms of inflammatory arthritis.Even though these results do not occur with everyone, they are typical for people who make the diet and lifestyle changes of the McDougall Program.For more information, contact the McDougall Program by phone at (800) 941- 7111 or (707) 538-8609, by e-mail at email@example.com , or check the Web site at http://www.drmcdougall.com/
because vegan's do not eat produce that comes from an animal and honey is made by bees.
It's good for your health: When you choose a whole-foods, plant-based diet, you will quickly appreciate the many health benefits: you may lower your cholesterol, lose weight, …reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, or Type 2 diabetes, increase your energy levels, and reduce constipation. In the HBO documentary The Weight of the Nation, it was noted that if you "go with the flow" in the US, you will eventually become obese. In 2011, in some areas of the country, the rate of obesity was 39% and was increasing at a rate of 5% per year. Risks of obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease, along with their ensuing complications (eg, behavioral health and quality-of-life problems) often go hand-in-hand and are strongly linked to lifestyle, especially dietary choices. Of all the diets recommended over the last few decades to turn the tide of these chronic illnesses, the best but perhaps least common may be those that are plant based. It's good for the earth: The production of a quarter-pound hamburger requires 625 gallons of water, the destruction of 55 square feet of rainforest, and wastes 50 times more fossil fuel than would the production of the same amount of plant-based food. Up to 16 pounds of grain and soybeans are needed to produce one pound of beef. Of the grain grown in the United States, 80% is fed to animals to produce meat, milk, and eggs. That statistic is even more alarming now that we are also using grain to produce more fuel. Out of the huge amount of pesticide used on these grains, a percentage ends up on the food is destined for animals that are used to produce meat, milk, and eggs. The pesticide concentrates in the bodies of the animals. This pesticide is then eaten by people, and fed to their companion animals. The other 99% of pesticide ends up in the air that we and other animals breathe and the water that we and other animals drink. The meat industry generates nearly one-fifth of man-made greenhouse gas emissions, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. Using animals to produce food is bad for the environment.It's good for your fellow humans: Besides costing in terms of water and fuel that much of the world cannot afford, a pound of ground beef will cost $2.88 this year in the United States, where its production is highly subsidized. It provides 1,152 calories, nearly 91 grams of fat, 78 grams of protein, and no fiber. A half pound of lentils mixed with a half pound of brown rice costs about $1.38 in the United States. They provide 1,587 calories, 8 grams of fat, 88 grams of protein, and 77 grams of fiber. Many scientists now believe that in the wake of a changing climate, the switch to a largely plant-based diet is necessary to avoid famine.It's good for your bank account: Spending less on groceries is great, but the biggest savings are long-term. By avoiding chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, you could save on such procedures as a $57,439 heart bypass operation, take far fewer sick days, and substantially lower your life insurance premiums.It's the right thing to do: Animals on a modern factory farm lead lives of unimaginable suffering and die cruel deaths. Dairy cows spend years in a concrete stall or filthy feed lot before they are slaughtered. Calves and are quickly separated from their mothers, confined in tiny pens, and then killed for veal after only a few months of life. Baby pigs are castrated without anesthesia, taken from their mothers who are confined in tiny crates, and killed at just 7 months. Chickens raised for eggs are crammed in tiny cages and have their beaks clipped to prevent them from hurting each other due to stress from confinement. These animals are killed with a bolt to the head or a knife. Male chicks are thrown into trash bags to suffocate or ground up alive.
Vegans are a lot more serious then vegetarians. They will not eat, wear, or use anything that is made of, or came from an animal. Vegetarians can eat anything that does not ca…use the direct death of an animal; eggs, dairy products, honey, etc. A vegan's diet is entirely free of animal products.
It's easy for vegans to get protein by eating a variety of plant-based foods throughout the day. All plants have varying amounts of protein (plus carbohydrates, fats, fiber, …vitamins, minerals and other nutrients), and the human body combines proteins from all sources, to make "complete protein." The term "complete protein" means that all eight essential amino acids are present in the same proportion they are in the human body. There are 23 amino acids that the human body needs. Of those, the body can make 16, which leaves 8 essential amino acids (isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine), which must come from the foods we eat. In addition, histidine, known as the "growth amino" is essential for young children. Some plant-based foods, including soy and quinoa, have all the essential amino acids in abundance. Other plant-based foods have all the essential amino acids, but are lower in one or more of them. For example, grains often have lower lysine, and legumes often have lower methionine and tryptophan. Many traditional foods in nearly every culture combine grains with legumes: beans and rice, peanut butter sandwich, etc. But you don't need to worry about any of this, because it's not necessary to combine specific foods in one meal in order for your body to make complete protein. When you eat, your body stores amino acids, and then uses them whenever you need them. So, you don't need to eat any particular combination of foods at any one meal to make complete protein. Your body does that automatically, putting together amino acids from all the foods you eat, to give you complete protein.
Vegan diets are often recommended as dietary therapy for heart disease, high cholesterol, diabetes, strokes, cancer, obesity, arthritis, allergies, asthma, environmental illne…ss, hypertension, gout, gallstones, kidney stones
A vegan diet does not necessarily cause depression, though transitioning to a vegan diet can cause all sorts of physical and emotional symptoms while your body gets used to it…, just like transitioning to any new diet or even a new altitude or lifestyle can. These symptoms generally pass after a few weeks. However, a vegan diet can put you at risk for certain nutritional deficits if you are not careful about meeting your nutritional needs, specifically protein, iron and B12, with B12 being the most worrisome. An iron deficiency leads to anemia, which causes you to feel sluggish and generally unwell, including depression-like symptoms. These generally go away as soon as your iron is back on track. You can prevent this by eating lots of beans, leafy greens and whole grains. B12 deficiency can lead to anemia as well. It can also cause a range of psychotic and neurologic problems, including depression. It takes a long time for B12 deficiency to show up, because your requirements are quite low and it stays in the body for a long time, so someone could be vegan for years before they have problems. The best vegan source for this nutrient is nutritional yeast. Many vegetarians/vegans make the mistake of eating refined carbohydrates. Avoid these as much as you can; they deplete the body of B vitamins, which can make you feel depressed/anxious. Make sure you get enough protein, too--the brain needs it! Vegans often don't get enough omega-3 fatty acids in their diet; the main sources being fish. However, nuts and certain plant oils do contain adequate amounts of omega-3s, and it's vital that vegans try to incorporate these into their daily diet. A food supplement is a good way of dealing with fatty acid shortfalls. While many Vegans may be familiar with flax and hemp oils, there is a better source out there derived from the echium plant. This is a relative newcomer, and currently only one manufacturer in the UK provides a product called Echiomega, which contains this important oil, but it's well worth checking out. Lack of omega-3 have been linked to an increased risk of depression, so i'd definitely start upping my omega-3s. Protein deficiencies can also cause depression. Make sure you are getting enough protein! Too many simple carbohydrates can also cause depression, especially when protein is low. Try leafy greens such as collards (calcium and magnesium are essential). B vitamins in general can also help depression. Don't forget sun, exercise, friendship, therapy, and a spiritual practice such as meditation.
Unflavored popcorn is vegan always. Generally it is air popped or popped by heating in vegetable oil. Where you need to be careful is when the popcorn is butter flavored or fl…avored in any way. Butter is obviously not vegan. But they are sneaky about some ingredients and you should read the side of the box if you are going to use microwave popcorn, especially if it is flavored. Popcorn you just buy in a bag plain and pop at home is vegan unless you were to pop it in bacon grease or something odd like that.
Soups, salads, nut loaves, fresh fruit, dried fruit, root vegetables, leafy vegetables, sprouts, nuts, seeds, mushrooms, edible flowers, herbs, sea vegetables, 'solar' teas, f…ruit juices, smoothies, nut milks, nut butters, vegetable juices, sunflower yogurt, seed 'cheeses' essene bread, sweet treats. There is a lot ingredients to choose from and a lot of recipes.
It can be. You can have a low sodium vegan diet.
Everybody needs vitamin B12. Vegans get vitamin B12 from nutritional yeast, fortified foods and supplements.
No. If done properly a vegan diet is very beneficial to health. Click on the link below, under 'Related links' for more information.
Vegans do not eat animals or products that come from animals such as milk, cheese, eggs, or honey.
yes they can atleast i think i wouldn't risk it
Vegetarian/ vegan diets are approved by The American Diatetic Association, The American Heart Association
A vegan diet is one that consists of no animal products - meat, dairy, eggs and honey.