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Benefits of a Plant Based Diet

Benefits of a Plant Based Diet

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  • Introduction
  • In the Beginning
  • Hubby's Quest to Health
  • Healing Journey
  • My Quest to Health
  • Dumping the Pill
  • Confirmation
  • *Fight or Flight Syndrome
  • Highway to Health
  • Green Smoothies
  • Answered Prayers
  • What Future Holds
  • How did we get here?
  • Good News
  • T. Colin Campbell and His Research
  • Are All Proteins Equal?
  • Development Stages of Cancer
  • Protein a Cancer Promoter?
  • The China Study
  • Acid or Alkaline?
  • Acidity Levels of Various Foods
  • Acidity and Diseases
  • Dairy: God's gift to Men?
  • Do Genes Play a Role?
  • Can Drugs {Medicine} Cure?
  • Medical Advancements
  • Does Quality of Food Matter?
  • Pure Food and Drug Act
  • Example of FDA cover-up
  • Good News Revisited
  • Fruits and Vegetables are Better Than Supplements
  • Enzymes and Raw Foods
  • Greens and Benefits
  • Conclusion
  • Plant-Based Lifestyle is Not for Wimps
  • It Is Your Time NOW
  • Appendix A: Truth about Protein
  • Appendix B: Truth about Fat
  • Appendix C: Truth about Sugar
  • Appendix D: Truth about Organic
  • Appendix E: Truth about Microwaves
  • Appendix E: Natural & Safe Family Planning
  • Appendix F: Importance of vitamin B-12

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Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins

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Table of Contents
Introduction ................................................................................................................................... 4 In the Beginning ..............................................................................................................................5 Hubby's Quest to Health ................................................................................................................ 7 Healing Journey ............................................................................................................................. 9 My Quest to Health ........................................................................................................................ 11 Dumping the Pill ....................................................................................................................... 12 Confirmation ............................................................................................................................. 13 *Fight or Flight Syndrome ....................................................................................................... 13 Highway to Health .................................................................................................................... 15 Green Smoothies ...................................................................................................................... 15 Answered Prayers .................................................................................................................... 16 What Future Holds ........................................................................................................................ 17 STATISTICS AND RESEARCH......................................................................................................... 18 How did we get here? ................................................................................................................... 22 Good News ....................................................................................................................................24 T. Colin Campbell and His Research ....................................................................................... 24 Are All Proteins Equal? .............................................................................................................25 Development Stages of Cancer ...............................................................................................25 Protein a Cancer Promoter?.................................................................................................... 29 The China Study ....................................................................................................................... 29 Acid or Alkaline? ............................................................................................................................ 33 Acidity Levels of Various Foods...............................................................................................33 Acidity and Diseases .................................................................................................................33 Dairy: God's gift to Men?......................................................................................................... 34 Do Genes Play a Role? .................................................................................................................. 39 Can Drugs {Medicine} Cure? ......................................................................................................... 41 Medical Advancements ............................................................................................................ 41 Does Quality of Food Matter? ......................................................................................................42 Pure Food and Drug Act .......................................................................................................... 42 Example of FDA cover-up ....................................................................................................... 42 Good News Revisited................................................................................................................... 44 Fruits and Vegetables are Better Than Supplements ........................................................... 45 Enzymes and Raw Foods ......................................................................................................... 46 Greens and Benefits ................................................................................................................ 47 Conclusion .................................................................................................................................... 49 Plant-Based Lifestyle is Not for Wimps ................................................................................. 49 It Is Your Time NOW ................................................................................................................ 49 Appendix A: Truth about Protein ................................................................................................ 56 Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins

................................................................................... 72 Appendix D: Truth about Organic .......................................................................................................................... 87 Appendix E: Natural & Safe Family Planning ................................................................................................... 81 Appendix E: Truth about Microwaves .................. 102 Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins .................................................................................................. 99 Appendix F: Importance of vitamin B-12 ..................................................... 65 Appendix C: Truth about Sugar .................Page | 3 Appendix B: Truth about Fat ............................................................

against the odds.Page | 4 Introduction Hello! I am so glad that you have made the decision to take a step toward improving your health. one-on-one consultations and found one thing to be true—as long as people. and to give them hope for better health and life. was in search of truth—needing desperate help. do what you can to help others. I have held seminars. yet finding very little of it. too. cooking classes. I sure do hope that after reading this report. and set me free—my health had improved. She was able to reverse several severe health conditions in herself and her husband through a change in diet and exercise. and then. DISCLOSURE: I am not a doctor and do not claim to be one. I was told by my doctors that improvement in some areas of my health was not possible and I would have to be on medication for the rest of my life. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . I. The information you are about to read comes from my experience and personal research. you will want to do the same. and helped many others to start on the path toward better health. Elena Wilkins is a certified Fitness Instructor and a professional Photographer. A few years ago. and now I feel better than ever before. who were in a need of drastic changes. It was then that I decided to become my own advocate and be responsible for what was happening not only in me but to me. were willing to take the necessary steps. in turn. as I found my health quickly deteriorating. their health inevitably improved. Ever since then I have been on a mission to share the same truth with others. as such what you are about to read cannot be taken as medical advice or substituted for one. I shall not be held liable for the decisions made by readers of this report. I dared to disagree. keep an open mind and follow simple path to health. I searched hard and long and found the truth. with an open mind.

and I was not too far behind with nearly 30 extra lbs on me. his life and spending all of my "free" time [time after work] at the hospital. and I had very little time to think about healthy. he piled on over 70 extra lbs. We began our courtship and shortly after he was diagnosed with a brain cyst. Like many young students I felt that I had enough energy to conquer the world. nutritious meals for myself. he was placed on medication that caused him to gain weight. After graduating from college I met my future husband*. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . In all. which lead to one major and two follow up brain surgeries. that is before things became bad and I lost my perfect health. Hospital food. 5-6 hours of sleep were not an issue. It was around 1998 when I moved away from home to attend college in Ohio. fast food and leftovers from occasional homemade meals became the norm for me. I was in college full-time. As his was recovering. Sleep was scarce. While he was in the hospital and then recovering I was his primary caregiver. I went from size 5 to size 10 in a matter of 6 months. in a few short months. still working a full-time job..Page | 5 In the Beginning In the beginning. held a full-time job and volunteered as much of my "free" time as I could at my home church. taking care of my life..

Hubby. intentionally or unintentionally. In addition to my own concerns. To add to my concern my cycles became longer and longer. Hubby and I were married in 2003. and. And soon after my quest for better health began. but then I was fully trusting her professional opinions. I noticed that my body changed.Page | 6 After a month and a half in a hospital Hubby was released. Hubster :). and I surely did not know what to do to make him feel better. There are parts of my life that I prefer to keep private. As he was gradually recovering I started to pay attention to me. I did not know what to suspect. I soon discovered that Hubby suffered from frequent chest pains. I have chosen to make a lot of my life and thoughts public. I do not want to force my spouse to do the same. Extra 30 lbs did not feel good. lovingly. To "help" me my OBGYN put me on birth control medication. I continued to provide care and administer medication to him. They came at different times. I lived in fear of losing him. Since I was not a doctor. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . *hereafter referred to as Husband. So. however. Now I know how big of a mistake that was.

Some of the weight he gained after his hospital stay came off. We knew that if we did our part. I made an educated guess that his arteries must have gotten clogged up quite a bit and were the culprit behind his torturous pains. we exercised. nothing “problematic” was detected. However. using fresh ingredients as much as possible. but again. We insisted for more tests to be done. I cut out “bad” fats that I knew about. [There were other pressing reasons also. I was anxious to find them if for no other reason than to find out their medical history. I immediately adjusted our diet. I thought that I knew what I must do. most of the males on Hubby's father’s side suffered or died from cardiovascular problems (hearts attacks. Hubby was adopted at a young age and we did not know what his biological family's health history was.Page | 7 Hubby's Quest to Health When all of our health issues ensued. on his mother’s side there was a history of strokes and cancers. Here are the results: Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . I was still influenced to believe that genes were the biggest force behind someone’s health. To my dismay.] I began my search for them even before we married. After having tried several medications the chest pains did not subside. In 2005 Hubster went to see a physician. the chest pains persisted. and we expected great results. Hubby was put through several different tests. of course. I was already making 99% percent of our meals myself. Thankfully we both believe in God who heals. We even went to see a cardiologist. Unfortunately changes did not happen as expected. As Hubby recovered from the brain surgeries and his skull grew bone in the area where it was cut. In January 2006 Hubster’s physician finally ordered blood work. but it was not until the second year of our marriage that we were able to locate them. Hubby was still suffering from continuous and escalating chest pains. strokes. seizures due to strokes). At times I was scared that he might have a heart attack or a stroke. He would take care of the rest and provide us with perfect health. he was able to start an exercise regimen.

His reasoning. ate "healthy" (or so we thought) and was not overweight. but had multiple side-effects. as great as that would have been. primarily kidneys and liver. was that since Hubby exercised regularly. having examined our lifestyle and diet. So. The doctors are now "grading" cholesterol levels on the ever sliding curve. I set out on a quest to find a healthier alternative and a cure for Hubby’s problem.) His doctor told us that the only way to take care of the problem was to take medication. we began to ask Him for wisdom. we examined ourselves. seeing that our prayers were not being answered (that is how we felt at the time) and doctors had no clue how to help us. but we told Hubby’s doctor that we would be back within a year with a solution and Hubby would come off medication once and for all. bravery or stupidity. So. there was nothing else that could be done by us to make the problem go away. we would actually rather discover a method which would keep us healthy for the rest of our lives. We continued to pray for healing. as the levels were gradually increasing. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . At the time we did not know any better and were quiet frightened. Needless to say. We realized that rather than having an instantaneous healing. Instead of asking God for healing. and changed our prayers. However. knowing that God was not ignoring us. It has become the new norm in the States during the last century. his high cholesterol was written off to heredity—the ever-responsible for all evils of the world genes. but it has not always been so.Page | 8 His cholesterol levels were VERY high: 220 mg/dL! (You might find it that some labs/doctors would suggest that 170-220 mg/dL is a normal range for cholesterol. Call it what you want. We did not want Hubster to continue on medication risking his long-term health. so we agreed. but in reality it is not. audacity. the doctor thought we were naïve and were going to find out that there is nothing that can be done once medical science made its conclusions and pronounced its sentence. Hubby went on Zocor. medication that was supposed to reduce his cholesterol levels. Hubby had to have blood work done every three months to see if the medication was damaging any of his other organs.

Here are the results from Hubby’s blood test: Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . yet simple. and table salt. as we promised. insisted. thought we were absolutely crazy. Colin Campbell. and I wanted to know more.Page | 9 Healing Journey The information I started to acquire was incredible. He relented. I immediately got the book and began to read it. as you can only imagine. As I was reading it. offered by a local wellness organization. We also excluded processed and refined foods. we went back for a follow-up appointment. an incredible book written by T.) In January of 2007 we went to see Hubby’s doctor to request for him to approve for Hubby to discontinue taking medication. We ended up having to partially threaten that if he did not want to supervise our “experiment” we would do it on our own. however. We were expecting changes! We knew what was going to happen. It just happened that at that time we met someone who had taken a nutrition course. about the effects of nutrition on our health. (Instead of table salt we use Himalayan/Sea salts and supplement with sea vegetables to meet our iodine needs. with every page. white rice. The doctor. excluding any and all animal products from our diet. We immediately started to make adjustments to our diet. including sugars. In December of 2006 we changed our diet to vegan. although the doctor insisted that his condition was hereditary and there is nothing that could be done to fix it. I shared this exciting information with Hubby. We. I developed more and more hope that my husband would not have to be on medication for the rest of his life. We told him that we wanted at least three months to prove that our theory and new discoveries would work. Our new acquaintance told me about The China Study. It seemed that my educated guess [his arteries being clogged up] was actually true. white flour. Three months later.

It really was not worth to waste our time and money for us to walk in his office just to say: “I told you so!” The chest pains were gone as well. Here are the results: Yes. a year after we changed our dietary lifestyle. we did go back in December of 2007. but with scorn on his face he waved me off as an annoying insect and once again declared it was impossible. and certainly happier! As we parted with the “good” doctor. We were simple happy. You would have thought that the doctor had learned his lesson and would have believed me. That is whopping 47 mg/dL in three months. Hubby’s cholesterol will be under 150 mg/dL. Apparently he did not know not to mess with a woman on a mission to save her husband. isn’t it?! The doctor was surprised. which is additional 24 mg/dL. I made him a promise. the timing of which was actually left up to us to decide. I told him that when we return for a follow-up test. Indeed. To add to our joy. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . if we did. was below 150 mg/dL. We were right once again. Amazing. more energetic. Both of us were dropping weight.P a g e | 10 The cholesterol level went down from 220 mg/dL (pre-medication) to 173 mg/dL (without medication). in fact. what the test results were. We were more alert. you are seeing it correctly—the overall cholesterol. I bet you want to know whether we ever went back and. making a total of 71 mg/dL down from the initial test. and I no longer live in fear of losing my husband. which is optimal for cardiovascular health. It was 149 mg/dL. Only this time we decided not to go back to the doctor. the chest pains were declining in their frequency and strength.

placed me on birth control to regulate my cycle. orthopedic doctor offered a surgery. depression. optometrist Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . at times barely able to get out of bed]. and eventually. In addition to developing a hormone imbalance. followed by hair loss. took a toll on my health. skin issues. which went misdiagnosed for over 5 years. the weight started to pile on [I maxed out at 168 lbs on my small frame]. I went from doctor to doctor and each one offered different methods to help my issues: dermatologist offered more medication to "help" solve my skin issues. severe dry eye syndrome. the entire journey of Hubby's treatments and recovery. That was the only thing that the medication was able to accomplish. So much for helping! Medication did nothing more than to mask my mounting problems. I also gained a "few" extra pounds. Once on it. as well as my busy life. to have the knees scraped—he told me that the condition will never improve on its own and the medical field still does not know what causes it. My OBGYN. joint problems [I developed and anterior knee condition (softening of the cartilage around the bones of the knee cap and knee joint) and lived with severe pain. out of sheer ignorance.P a g e | 11 My Quest to Health As I previously mentioned.

I began researching more of what could have caused my health problems and. However. or. I decided to look for what they had in common. because I already knew that the only thing I could expect in the form of help would be more medication. heart attacks. increased chance of blood clots. after much research and soul searching I concluded that I could no longer stay on birth control medication. general physician offered calcium supplements for the knees—after my research the supplements turned out to be poorly made with indigestible sea/clam shells [welcome to total educated ignorance]. [See Appendix F for details. I lost over 20 lbs. and lastly OBGYN had me on birth control. I felt as if all of my senses had awakened back to life. an abortion. various forms of cancers. All I needed at that point was to confirm it. can and some of them specifically serve that purpose. there was still a possibility. rather than looking for different sources for each issue as all medical doctors/specialists had. In addition to the "cover up" all. and clinical studies research. almost immediately there was an improvement in my health. un-natural birth control medications cause side effects ranging from causing hormone imbalance. I was reluctant to go see anyone for depression. but it was not because it healed me. strokes. and unintended miscarriages. It was no really helping me any. Amazingly. or artificial implants that go into a woman's body. women who take birth control can still ovulate and become pregnant. Thankfully I found out the truth and got off birth control as quickly as I could. progesterone withdrawal caused menses. Although I had a severe hormone imbalance and the likelihood of me ovulating were very slim.] At the time these facts caused me a lot of heart aches. Depression was one of the first things to go after I quit Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . While we were taking care of him and changing our diet my health also began to improve. thus causing a miscarriage. I was able to accomplish what my numerous specialist doctors could not. so they will. except for natural family planning. that is safe. and I must emphasize all. Dumping the Pill In October of 2007. If you don't believe me just read the inserts for each birth control. With thorough research I self-diagnosed myself with hypothyroidism. All of these also increase the risk of death to the woman. however I was still afflicted with a myriad of health issues. it did cause me to have a menses. With Hubster's health fixed up it was time to pay attention to me. Yes. the medication. rather it peaked progesterone levels artificially and on the days when I was not taking the meds.P a g e | 12 inserted punctal plugs into my tear ducts to help retain tears. You will be blown away that there is nothing. cause a disruption of the inseminated egg to get implanted. if you will. Yes.

lack of rest and poor nutrition. i. Although my medical doctor told me that hypothyroid condition is irreversible. emphasis mine Back in the 1930’s. as ever since diagnosis it kept dropping by an average 1.P a g e | 13 the pill. The stress forced my body to live in the survival mode [fight or flight*] for so long that I had to find ways to nourish it back to health. but on the contrary. My further research had also confirmed that all of the ailments I had were not independent of one another. *Fight or Flight Syndrome Definitinions and Explanation taken from Fight or Flight Therapy site. The tests had confirmed what I long suspected and what my numerous specialists failed to accomplish—I was finally diagnosed as hypothyroid. but also better stress managements. which in turn affected many other physical processes. In January of 2008 I did just that. If my statistical guess is correct. given time.e. thus reversing health issues that were created in the process. My TSH was at 4. treating my physical body with respect and dignity and giving it all things necessary for optimal health. although the full recovery process from depression took a little while. I should be able to do things that would help me retrace my steps and correct my wrongs. by then I already knew and understood the power of lifestyle choices and refused to believe that something that I developed over time (I was not born with hypothyroidism) could not also be reversed. My conclusion was that if I did things to encourage poor health. It meant forming better habits not only when it came to nutrition. it depleted itself of minerals and vitamins necessary to maintain optimal thyroid function. which in turn was caused by severe stress.’ He used it to describe our innate defense mechanism in the face of a threat or danger.3 points per year.905. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . rest.) With diagnosis I finally knew what I was up against. but the beginning of healing from it was glorious. my TSH could have been as high as 6.2 or higher prior to us converting to a vegan diet. had a common root—hormone imbalance caused by hypothyroidism. (My suspicion is that prior to our diet change it was higher. all I needed to do is to have it confirmed by a specialist. Confirmation Having come to the conclusion that I was hypothyroid. nutrition and exercise. Harvard physiologist Walter Cannon was the first to coin the term ‘fight or flight. As my body struggled through aforementioned neglectful habits.

heart. The surge of the alarm reaction is dampened. ready to fight or flee. Douglas Bremner opens his book.’ In order to cope. To survive.’ with fatigue. rigorous schooling. but inevitably we find ourselves functioning less efficiently. This imminent danger triggers subconscious reflexes that immediately recruit his resources in an attempt to insure his survival.” As this process repeats itself though life. We do the best we can. The physical signs of Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . etc). the cumulative effect can be dramatic.' …despite the negative consequences of the constant drain on our system. The liver releases stored sugar for an immediate energy boost. Blood flow increases to his brain. Perspiration increases to keep his body cool. or zero in on his escape route.” ultimately causing permanent damage in our brains. His vision tunes out extraneous peripheral information so he can focus on the tiger. but our engines are constantly idling in a perpetual low-level ‘fight or flight. our bodies and our psyches. adrenal exhaustion and a weakened immune system. After prolonged stress. We (can) get stuck in this stage when stress occurs over a length of time. (as it happened with me) Most would agree life is already stressful before even considering some of the high-stress challenges we must endure. As world-renowned researcher Bruce McEwen warns in his book ‘The End of Stress as We Know It. This is classic ‘burn out. And unfortunately. ‘Does Stress Damage the Brain?’ He goes on to clearly demonstrate how our “short-term survival response can be at the expense of long-term function. prolonged illnesses or auto accident rehabilitation. like cortisol. the system resources become depleted.’ “stress protects under acute conditions. over time we gradually become more and more susceptible to various stress-related illnesses. are released into his bloodstream. we somehow find a balance or equilibrium that allows us to function day after day under the pressure. His breathing becomes more shallow and rapid to obtain more oxygen. we subconsciously redefine this continually stressed state as ‘normal.” This is how J. Intense situations like demanding jobs. but when activated chronically it can cause damage and accelerate disease. His senses become heightened and his pupils dilate to let in more light. long-term troubled or dysfunctional relationships.P a g e | 14 The classic example of this is primitive man’s physiological response to sensing a tiger in the trees. "we carry our stress with us for a lifetime. Without major lifestyle changes. lungs and large muscles (at the expense of lower priority functions like digestion. Adrenaline and other hormones. His muscles become tensed. His heart beats faster and his blood pressure rises. His body prepares to fight to the death or flee for his life. usually well below our true capabilities.

first. But when healing came it stayed. I finally knew that true love expresses itself through taking care of yourself: health. Within 30 days I noticed a measurable change in my health.P a g e | 15 alarm can reappear and the system shuts down. The new revelation.5 years to measure my success. spending time in prayer and meditation on God's word. The knees stopped hurting. Below are the results.. emotions. to top things off. Boutenko's book "Green for Life" I jumped right on it and began to consume as many raw [uncooked] greens as possible. More weight came off and I felt better. Green Smoothies In the Spring of 2008 I was introduced to Green Smoothies. For so long I loved others around me more than myself—taking care of them and neglecting myself. so that I could be more effective helping others with whatever needs they might have. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . I slept better. etc. After so many years I finally understood the meaning of it. And. The new revelation helped me to reprioritize what was important in my life. The healing did not come overnight. I kept track of my medical tests to measure improvements. as well as taking time off to recuperate from every-day stressors. I spent more time away from stress. not speculations.' {Mark 12:31}. time with my husband and by myself. One by one the health problems that plagued me for years melted away. made us consume more of a raw [uncooked] diet. thus reducing stress and tending to my needs. It says: 'Love your neighbor as yourself. learning the What's and the How's of vegan living. I had hope and even more so. I am a person of hard facts. I found that the Bible must have been correct. My hair stopped falling out. Depression fled the scene. I felt normal again. I changed my perspective on how I should treat myself. I had blood work drawn every 1-1. an assurance that things will get only better. Skin problems melted away. in turn. My back became stronger. in blended form. Weight came off. becomes debilitated and ultimately death may even occur. Highway to Health I kept on with my research as we continually improved our diet. Having read V. I learned that things can wait and the world won't fall apart if I don't immediately tend to what seems to be even the most pressing matter. I was mindful that but I did not develop poor health overnight either and I had to be patient to get well. Currently 60-80% of our diet is raw. so I needed to measure my progress with facts.

2 2. as it had to this point.905 1.8 3. Answered Prayers As we got better we knew that our prayers have been answered.P a g e | 16 Cholesterol Triglycerides HDL LDL Ratio TSH T4 T3 May 2006 179 mg/dL 77 66 98 2.11 July 2009 131 mg/dL 31 60 65 2. I now know food is fuel for my body and I have to use the best available grade to make sure I achieve optimal results. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins .9 July 2010 1. I am looking forward to even a healthful future. and I am certainly in better shape physically than I had been for many years. I know that my health will only continue to improve.1 As of today I am feeling better than ever. With all the prayers we prayed and tears we cried in the beginning.23 0. In my opinion. The doctor who diagnosed me in 2008 could barely believe the results when I went back to see him in January of 2011.7 January 2008 4. although there is still room for improvement. I am no longer diagnosed as hypothyroid. I am in total control of what goes into my body. I reconditioned my mind and my body.66 0. I had changed my view of foods and medicine radically.9 3. medication is to be used only in critical conditions and only until we are able to improve our health naturally. and not for only then and there. we did not realize that the answer to our prayers was as close as the hand is to the mouth. but we were equipped for a lifelong journey. Through the process I learned patience.

We. animal-product-rich Standard American Diet {SAD} get regularly. including the worst of them. I hold to the view that 85% of diseases can be dealt with and prevented by a simple change in diet and lifestyle. Proper nutrition and fitness are a key to our world's health. so I will spare the description and show you what a Plant Based diet and a change in lifestyle has done for us. the readers. They believe that we lead a deprived life. except for poor health. never get the "stuffed" feeling that those on over-processed.P a g e | 17 What Future Holds Since we reversed Hubby's health issues and got me back to the world of the living I have become consumed by the desire to help others do the same as long as I can. our health had improved and energy levels increased. since there is actually whole nutrition in our foods. I believe that most diseases can not only be prevented but also reversed. And we invite you. We had lost and kept off over 100 lbs combined. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . We eat a variety of foods and as much as we need to.e. on the contrary. junk and animal foods]. know that what is perceived as sacrifice and depravation. are answers to our prayers for better health and longer lives. Our diet is very rich in nutrition. Many view my husband and I as crazed lunatics who sacrifice the pleasures of life [i. Both are imperative to maintain a healthy lifestyle. There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. We are far from thinking that we are deprived of anything. to feel the same way—full of health and deprived of sickness. we never get bored with our meals. nutrient-poor. we get full quicker than we used to.

240 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. C. and how we achieved it. I now would like to back it up with measurable data. Diabetes among the people in their thirties has increased 70% in less than 10 years. D. One out of every 7 dollars the economy produces is now spent on health care. spending more time in front of a TV. 1977) 2005 statistics showed (source: Green for Life book): Estimated 1. Questioning our personal diet and lifestyle and seeing results that can be achieved made me look at the health issues Americans are facing on a whole new level. Lung cancer remains the biggest killer. (Source Book of Health Insurance Date 1999-2000. 1999). Health Care Financing Administration predicted that our system would cost 16 trillion dollars by 2030. S. an American male has a 47% chance of getting cancer and a female a 38% chance. According to the American Cancer Society.P a g e | 18 STATISTICS AND RESEARCH Having told you about our quest for health. Americans have become less physically active. killing 40. playing video games and using the computer. 510 lives In 2005. And. killing 30. 910 new cancer cases and 570. pays more for the health care than any other country. In 1977 US government released a report which showed that 6 out of 10 causes of death in the USA are due to diet (source: Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs. 372. 410 (the same year). estimated to have claimed 163. Press conference held on January 14. and percentage of the obese people has more than doubled in the past 30 years. about 232. Five year survival rates [for cancer survivors] have risen from 50% to 74% from 1970s. Some 211. But are we getting HEALTHIER? U. 350 (the same year). I will give you statistics that I collected from multiple sources. 00 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. 560 cancer deaths will occur in 2005. Wash. since I like facts and not speculations. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . Let’s review some of these problems.

org/ama/pub/article/1671-8064. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . all or most medications have some or a lot of side effects. I know a young lady that has been experiencing chest pains that sound familiar to what Hubby had experienced in the past.000 people die every year from unintended reactions to approved prescription “medicine” that is supposed to be helping them feel better. How is the public supposed to decided which diet is right for them with this kind of information out. sadly they are NOT. drugs into our bodies. when books written on the subject are contradicting each other? Remember: What we don’t know. We tend to follow faddish diets. anything from Atkins diet to Weight Watchers to South Beach Diet? Anything from counting carbohydrates to embracing animal protein in excess. S. 37th best in the world according to health care system performance. all-the-while risking all the negative side-effects of these medications. Ask yourself a question: If we could use natural means and nutrition to prevent and treat diseases. Let’s get this straight: medications are prescribed with NO diagnosis.html). she is yet to see any positive results. S. They have not been able to single out one thing to be treated. uninsured (source: http://www. they already prescribed several medications to her. As I mentioned before. what we don’t understand about nutrition might and will hurt us. at the last or even beginning stages of disease? What would you say if I told you that the answer to our health crisis is the food that we choose to put into our mouths? While many Americans think they are well informed on nutrition. While other countries spend on average only about ½ of what the U. yet. Over 100. my husband is a perfect example. at times potentially lethal. Close to 44 million Americans are assn.ama- Heart disease will kill one out of every three Americans.P a g e | 19 The World Health Organization ranked the U. Her doctors are trying to find out what the problem might be. spends per capita on health care. would we be pouring toxic. While we are trusting that doctors and hospitals will “fix” our ailing bodies. statistics show that medical care is the third leading cause of death preceded by heart disease and cancer. and the number is still rising. yet two thirds of Americans are overweight and over 15 million Americans have diabetes.

Increases in the prevalence of overweight are also being seen in younger children. childhood overweight is regarded as the most common prevalent nutritional disorder of US children and adolescents. 2003) (this means that every 7 out of 10 people you know are either overweight or obese) [By 2010 the number became higher. As a result. the heaviest children are getting even heavier. while more children are becoming overweight. Also. the occurrence of overweight in children has doubled and it is now estimated that one in five children in the US is overweight. While I lived in Longview WA in 2008-2010 I went onto the Cowlitz County Health Department web-site and pulled these statistics: 68% of Cowlitz County adults are overweight or obese. isn't it? One third of the young people in the US is overweight or is at risk of becoming so. 2001) (example below) Taken from the Final Report – Healthy Lifestyles Coalition Workplace Wellness Employer Surveys Local Business Does the business have an employee wellness program? Yes What % of employees participates? 21 employees out of 240 use fitness center. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . They are falling prey to an adult form of diabetes. Prevalence of overweight is especially higher among certain populations such as Hispanic. Fred Meyer Quiet sobering. and one of the most common problems seen by pediatricians. These statistics are taken directly from the American Obesity Association web-site: In the past 30 years. including preschoolers.] Only 31% of adults report moderate exercise at 30 minutes per day five days a week (BRFSS.P a g e | 20 Half of Americans have a health problem that requires taking a prescription drug every week. I want to use a live example. to make these numbers a bit more real. and over 100 million Americans have high cholesterol. African American and Native Americans where some studies indicate prevalence of >85th percentile of 35-40%. and increase from 60% of those surveyed in 2001 (BRFSS 2001.

P a g e | 21 Unfortunately sites like this have become a norm rather than an exception: 4-year-old Russian boy weighs 123 pounds Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins .

P a g e | 22 How did we get here? It happens when Fruits and Vegetables are replaced with… Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins .

Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . Sedentary Activity . Excessive weight gain during pregnancy . I am sure that hearing these statistics and seeing images does not come as a surprise to you.Parents with poor nutritional habits and who lead sedentary lifestyles role model these behaviors for their children. Parental Eating and Physical Activity Habits .Breast feeding is generally recommended over formula feeding.children of obese parents are more likely to be overweight themselves. Parental obesity reflects a family environment that promotes excess eating and insufficient activity. Parental Obesity . Eating Patterns . Let me tell you the good news.skipping meals or failure to maintain a regular eating schedule can result in increased intakes when food is eaten. Although the exact mechanism in unknown.less physical activity and more time spent participating in activities such as watching TV results in less energy expenditure. Physical Activity vs. several long-term studies suggest that breast feeding may prevent excess weight gain as children grow.P a g e | 23 America Obesity Association lists following as Contributors to Childhood Overweight: Food Choices . You might be ready to ask me if there is an escape from this “health-hell”.Several studies have shown that excessive maternal weight gain during pregnancy is associated with increased birth weight and overweight later in life.diets higher in calories (including fats and simple sugars) and lower in fruits and vegetables are linked with overweight. Formula Feeding . thereby creating an "obesigenic" home environment.

As a result of this finding and another study done in India. Campbell was assigned to a nationwide project in the Philippines working with malnourished children. this research became handsomely funded for 27 years by the best-reviewed and most competitive funding sources (mostly The National Institute of Health.) However. he uncovered a dark secret: children who ate highest-protein diets were the ones most likely to get liver cancer! They were the children of the wealthiest families. Dr. (Protein comes from the Greek word “proteios”. etc. In high-protein diet groups every single rat got liver cancer while in low protein diet group 0 (zero) rats got liver cancer. The cancer was at first assumed to be a direct cause of mold toxin called aflatoxin. Part of the project was investigating high rates of liver cancer of Filipino children. PhD. Colin Campbell and His Research [Source and Charts: The China Study book. pointing to the same facts. The amounts of protein being fed were those that humans routinely consume. Colin Campbell] T. In fact. mostly by increasing consumption of animal protein. That was 100% versus 0%! This fact showed that high protein diets are more likely to cause cancer development. T. in the development of cancer. The American Cancer Society and The American Institute for Cancer Research). found in peanuts and corn. Low-protein diets inhibited the initiation of cancer by aflotoxin. especially protein. regardless of how much of the carcinogen was administered to lab animals. while working on the project. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . low protein diets also dramatically blocked subsequent cancer growth. He had been “in the system” [teaching in universities. Doing the research. which means “of prime importance”. The findings were shocking. For 10 years his team tried to improve childhood malnutrition among the poor. After cancer initiation was completed. the team would inject lab animals with the carcinogen (aflotoxin) and then feed them with either low (5% of protein or lower) or high-protein (above 5% and up to 20% protein) diets and record their observations. especially from animal-based foods. performing researches founded by big name organization and the government. T. Colin Campbell started an in-depth laboratory program that would investigate the role of nutrition. Eventually. dietary protein proved to be so powerful in its effect that the research team could turn on and off cancer growth by simply changing the level of protein consumed. Colin Campbell. is a scientist.] for almost 50 years at highest levels of research.P a g e | 24 Good News T.

While it is claimed that animal protein is of “the highest quality”. which allows for slow but steady synthesis of new proteins needed to replace our “lost” proteins. where do you get your protein?” American “love affair” with animal protein began a long time ago. including wheat and soy. fats. Protein operates in humans almost the same was it does in rats. Quality proteins are those proteins that have the ability to provide the right kinds and amounts of amino acids to make new proteins in our bodies. Also. SLOW BUT STEADY WINS THE RACE! To learn more about the topic of protein please refer to Appendix A. Rats and humans have an almost identical need for protein.) Are All Proteins Equal? The research team found that not all proteins had this effect. The protein that consistently and strongly promoted cancer was casein. Protein is very important in our diet. Promotion 3. The safe protein that did not promote cancer. since animal protein is very similar to ours. the level of protein intake causing tumor growth in rats is the same level that humans consume. However. even at high levels of intake was plant protein. There are three stages: 1. which makes up 87% of cow’s milk protein. Often. one of the first questions I am asked is: “So. as mentioned before. not all protein is created equal. Progression Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . uninformed doctors and the majority of present day society insist that the only way we can get our protein is by consuming animas products. Unfortunately. is the healthiest type.” It is no surprise than that protein. when I tell someone that I am vegan. carbohydrates and alcohol comprise virtually majority of the calories American consume. Initiation 2. Development Stages of Cancer I would like to quickly review the development stages of one of the most feared diseases in America—cancer. A nutrition researcher Max Rubner (1854-1932) stated that meat protein intake was a symbol of civilization itself: “A right protein allowance is the right of civilized man. a lot of compelling research is now showing that “low quality” plant protein.P a g e | 25 (Note: Laboratory studies were performed on mice and rats.

P a g e | 26 1. Initiation The initiation process can be likened to seeds being planted in the ground. Carcinogens (chemicals that are most often the byproducts of industrial processes) are responsible for initiating (creating) the cancer prone cells. The initiation stage can take place in a very short period of time, even minutes. Once the cell’s DNA has been altered by the carcinogen, and daughter cells have been formed, the process is complete and is considered irreversible. The seeds have been planted and are now ready to germinate. Now starts the second stage of cancer development. 2. Promotion

Promotion takes place over longer periods of time, often taking many years. Just like seeds, cancer cells need certain conditions to grow. The seeds need water, sunlight and nutrients before they can sprout. If any of these factors are missing when seeds are planted, the seeds will become dormant, until those conditions change. Likewise, cancer cells cannot grow unless the right conditions are met, or, if any of these conditions are missing after growth starts, the seeds will become dormant, awaiting the supply of missing factors. Promotion is reversible, depending on whether the early cancer growth is given the right conditions in which to grow. That is why certain diet factors (promoters) are important. Promoters feed cancer growth. Anti-promoters (dietary factors) slow or turn-off cancer growth. I will give you two examples of this how promotion happens. I happened to know two women that were diagnosed with breast cancer. It happened at different times and different place. Let’s name one L, and the second J. Lady L and Lady J were both faced with the same problem. The cancer was taking over their bodies and their doctors told them that the only way to treat it (stop it) was by undergoing chemo-therapy. Lady L decided to forgo the “blessings” of conventional medicine. She had done her research and found out that chemotherapy, once administered to a patient, causes irreversible damages. On top of that chemo-therapy has a recorded improvement of a 5 Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins

P a g e | 27 year survival rate of less than 2%. In other words, undergoing chemo-therapy is very much like playing a lottery: you have less than 2 out of 100 chances to survive by undergoing the treatment, and in the process you will irreversibly damage your entire body.

The burning and scarring is the result of a spill of chemotherapy onto the bare hand. Image Source

Lady J, on the other hand, decided that chemotherapy was the way to go, and started on it immediately. When she was first diagnosed she was given only 6 months to live.

I was honored to have taken this image only a few weeks prior to Lady J's untimely passing

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P a g e | 28 Meanwhile Lady L found out about nutritional treatment. She cut out all animals products, started juicing and following a strict dietary regiments. I am happy to tell you that Lady L made it! She is still cancer free. Lady J lived a year longer than the doctors predicted. She was constantly weak, unable to fend for herself, and too sick to do anything. I am sorry to tell you that Lady J is no longer with us. So, Lady L successfully reversed promotion stage of the cancer, while Lady J’s body was too weak to fight and she went through the third and final stage of cancer development. 3. Progression Progression, the third phase, begins when a bunch of advanced cancer cells progress in their growth until they have done their final damage. It is like weeds, invading everything around them: the garden, sidewalk and driveway. The final stages of cancer results in death. In laboratory studies Dr. Campbell proved that increasing or decreasing enzyme activity (enzymes are primarily responsible for metabolizing chemicals) can be done by manipulating amounts of proteins. Decreasing protein intake greatly decreased enzyme activity, and prevented dangerous carcinogen binding to DNA. Lower protein intake dramatically decreases tumor initiation, i.e. it decreases the number of “seeds” being planted in the “cancerous lawn”. The studies performed by Dr. Campbell and his team showed that when protein intake exceeded 10% needed to satisfy body growth rate cancer developed. The average American consumes 15-16% of protein, which is much higher than the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of 10%. 10% dietary protein is equivalent to eating about 50-60 grams of protein per day. The national average of 15-16% is about 70-100 grams of protein. For illustration purposes:

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was dying of cancer. You might say: “Well.” First. The end result was a color-coded atlas showing where certain types of cancer were high and where almost nonexistent. not all protein is created equal. It was to be a survey of death rates for 12 different kinds of cancer for more than 2400 Chinese counties and 880 million of their citizens.000 workers. these are astounding findings. Further studies were done to see if other nutrients would have any effect on cancer promotion.) of steak has 13 grams or protein Protein a Cancer Promoter? As mentioned before. Oxford University and the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine. He initiated a nationwide survey to collect information about a disease that wasn’t well understood. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . Plant protein does not promote cancer growth. Dr. The project surveyed a vast range of diseases.5 oz. known as The China Study produced more than 8.P a g e | 29 100 calories (2 tablespoons) of raw chickpeas has 5 grams of protein 100 calories (about 1. Chou Enlai. lifestyle and disease ever done with humans in the history of biochemical research. even at higher level of intake. let me introduce this important bit of information to you: most pharmaceutical studies are performed on lab animals as well. The studies had shown to be true for many types of cancer. The China Study The study was jointly arranged through Cornell University. but he worked with lab animals. diet and lifestyle factors in rural China and in Taiwan. The findings showed that nutrients from animal-based foods increased tumor development while nutrients from plant-based foods decreased tumor development.000 statistically significant associations between various dietary factors and disease! In the early 1970’s. Secondly. Campbell also directed the most comprehensive study on diet. The survey involved 650. the premier of China. The study.

5 33 64 0.) The atlas served as a launch pad to form a new team and further investigate findings. They do not have fast food for breakfast. Here are the findings.S. Diseases of Affluence (Nutritional Extravagance) Cancer (colon. Italian for lunch and microwave meals for dinner. coronary heart disease Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . childhood.) The China Study had also allowed to study and compare other diseases. The team went into 65 counties across China and administered questionnaires and blood tests to 6500 adults.” In America. and not genetics. which would be equivalent to about 3 chicken nuggets from McDonald’s. (Realize that Chinese dietary habits are unlike those of Americans. (Cancer incidents in China are less common than in the U. Dr. New York Times called it “the Grand Prix of epidemiology.) What was so important about doing studies in China is the fact that 9094% of the adult subjects in each county still lived in the same county where they were born. The study supplied more than 8.8 34 United States 1989 34-38 12 91 10-11 18 (In rural China. leukemia. They took urine samples. Campbell’s team gathered data on 367 variables. It further showed that cancer was largely due to environmental/lifestyle factors. stomach. In rural China only 9-10% of total calories comes from protein and only 10% of the protein comes from animal based foods. 15-16% of our total calories come from protein and upward of 80% of this amount comes from animal-based foods.000 statistically significant associations between lifestyle. liver).1 g/day. brain. Chinese and American Dietary Intake (standardized for body weight of 143 pounds) Nutrient Calories (kcal/day) Total fat (% of calories) Dietary fiber (g/day) Total protein (g/day) Animal protein (% of calories) Total iron (mg/day) China 2641 14. breast. lung. diet and disease variables. diabetes. animal protein intake averages 7.P a g e | 30 The atlas made it clear that in China cancer was geographically localized. measured everything families ate over a 3-day period and analyzed food samples from marketplaces around the country.

light colored vegetables. male lung. pulmonary tuberculosis. fat Blood Cholesterol goes up. breast. hemicelluloses. legumes. As the cholesterol levels decreased from 170 to 90 mg/dL. fish. metabolic and endocrine diseases other than diabetes. B-vitamins of plants (carotenes. Our low values are near the high values of rural China. soluble carbohydrate. peptic ulcer. childhood leukemia. colon. and animal protein go up… As intakes of plant-based foods and Blood Cholesterol goes down.. digestive disease. stomach and esophagus (throat) decreased. American fat consumption comes from meat. rectum. dietary fiber. In rural China. potatoes an several cereal grains) go up. dairy. cellulose. even at levels far below those considered “safe” in the West. female lung. which is almost 100 mg/dL less than American average of 215 mg/dL.P a g e | 31 Diseases of Poverty (Nutritional inadequacy and poor sanitation) Pneumonia. Lower blood cholesterol levels are linked to lower rates of heart disease. carrots. parasitic disease. cancers of the liver. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . Some counties had average as low as 94 mg/dL. childhood brain. diseases of pregnancy and many others As blood cholesterol levels in rural China rose in certain counties. fruit. the incidence of “Western” diseases also increased. intestinal obstruction. dietary fat intake was only 14. nutrients (including plant protein.5%. American range is around 170-290 mg/dL. adult leukemia. French fries. potato chips. In China mostly all fat comes from animal-based foods. milk. cancer and other Western diseases. The average level of blood cholesterol in China was only about 127 mg/dL. adult brain. eggs.. rheumatic heart disease. On average Americans consume 35-40% of total calories as fat (meat and dairy are very high in fat). where in America fat is added or removed from foods on regular basis. B-2. Cholesterol levels were linked not only to coronary problems but also to cancers! Foods Associated with Blood Cholesterol As intakes of meat. Chinese blood cholesterol levels were found to be much lower than those of Americans. B-3).

Food Butter McDonald's double cheeseburger Whole cow's milk Ham Hotdog "Low-fat" milk Peas Carrots Green beans Percent of Calories derived from Fat 100% 67% 64% 61% 54% 35% 5% 4% 4% The finding consistently showed direct correlation between diseases and animal-based food intake. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins .P a g e | 32 Finding from China showed that reducing fat from 24% to 6% was associated with lower breast cancer risk. To read more about Fat refer to Appendix B. The finding also showed that people who ate the most plant-based foods were the healthiest and tended to avoid chronic diseases.

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Acid or Alkaline?
*pH (Potential Hydrogen) scale measures how acidic or basic a substance is The human body is almost 70 percent water. Water is considered neutral on the pH scale, at about 7. Blood is slightly alkaline, normally between 7.35 and 7.45. If the pH falls below that, a condition called acidosis occurs. If the pH is higher, the condition is called alkalosis. Both conditions can be fatal. Our blood's pH level is slightly alkaline around 7.41. No matter what happens the body must maintain this level to survive. So, what happens when we eat acid forming foods? The body must find a way to buffer the damage and bring its pH level back to 7.41. The buffer that our body uses for this task is no other than calcium—mineral found in our bones. When we eat acid forming foods the body pulls calcium from our bones, using it as a buffer to bring pH level to the norm. Once done with the task the body cannot reabsorb used calcium, so it dumps it out with urine. What happens to our bones? They become weakened. That is why societies that consume too many acid forming foods have higher incidence rate of bone related diseases: arthritis, osteoporosis, etc.

Acidity Levels of Various Foods
There are some foods that measure to be acidic, such as tomatoes and lemons, however, when consumed, are alkaline forming inside the body, and some foods that might appear alkaline are actually acid forming in the body. Highly processed foods, sugar, caffeine and animal products are acid forming and put strain on the body's systems to maintain proper pH balance. Here are some of the foods that are considered to be extremely acid forming: Artificial sweeteners; Beef, Carbonated soft drinks & fizzy drinks, Cigarettes, Drugs, Flour (white), Goat, Lamb, Pastries & cakes from white flour, Sugar (white), Beer, Brown sugar, Chicken, Deer, Chocolate, Coffee, Custard with white sugar, Jams, Jellies, Liquor, Pasta (white), Rabbit, Semolina, Table salt refined and iodized, Tea black, Turkey, White rice, White vinegar (processed), Dairy [milk] products, etc. From the list you can conclude that animal products and highly processed foods are damaging to our bodies.

Acidity and Diseases
Over 75 years ago, Otto Warburg was awarded the Nobel Prize for discovering that cancer is caused by weakened cell respiration due to lack of oxygen at the cellular level. Damaged cell respiration caused fermentation, resulting in low pH (acidity) at the cellular level. Dr. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins

P a g e | 34 Warburg showed that cancer thrives in acidic conditions (no/lack of oxygen). So, the lower the acidity value of a food, the more dangerous it is. Consuming such foods shuts off the supply of oxygen and encourages growth and development of diseases. In addition to that, the higher the food in acidic level, the easier it will cause weight gain— the body creates fat cells just to store (capture) the acid. Wouldn’t it be great if all foods that are sold had pH level indicated on the label? We probably would stop buying foods like parmesan cheese, highly acid forming food, and substitute it with spinach, which is highly alkaline forming food.

LDL (lipoprotein)—“bad” cholesterol is made by our own liver in order to bind bad toxins and deactivate the acidic waste that comes from certain foods, such as fats and animal proteins. In addition to such foods, stress can also leave acidic residue in our bodies. [Stress if very acid forming—refer to my story to understand how it, in combination with acid forming foods, can wreak havoc in your health.] If you would like to find out a complete list of pH values of different foods, you can find in the book by Robert Young, titled: The pH Miracle. Now, let's concentrate on milk.

Dairy: God's gift to Men?
If you followed my blog you heard me say this many times: Quit Dairy! It will kill you! The question that begs to be answered then is this: Is dairy really dangerous? T. Colin Campbell and his team through their research established that animal protein, namely casein, which makes up 87% of cow’s milk protein consistently promoted cancer growth in lab testing. Let's look at milk and all animal products from another angle—alkalinity vs. acidity. I know that most of us were raised with a strong, religious like belief that Milk is God's gift to men. I am often reminded that the land of Israel was referred to as the land flowing with milk and honey, when the children of Israel were making their way to the promise land. The reference, however, is taken out of context. If those were the only two foods that the humanity needed to survive we would be overrun by bees and cows by now. However, there is more to our dietary needs than that. In the end, it was a metaphor used to describe abundance to a people coming out from under 400 years of captivity. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins

P a g e | 35 As I already pointed out, the dairy is acid forming foods. When consumed, it brings our body's pH level down, make it us prone to getting sick, and rubbing our body of much needed calcium, contrary to the belief and millions of dollars spent on "Got Milk?" commercials. I addition to this, most milk currently sold in the marketplace is commercially produced. The animals that produce milk are bred with one purpose in mind—being used to pump "white gold" and to make money for the owners. Once the cow is no longer able to produce milk, it is sent off to a slaughter house. If you know anything about animal biology, you would know that the only time a cow would lactate to produces milk is when she is pregnant and for up to 9-10 months after the calf is born, just like a human. The milk in her udder is meant for her offspring—it is his nutrition, again, just like human breast milk for babies. The milk carries the cows DNA and nutrition needed for the calf to be strong and healthy. As you might have guessed our [human] DNA is quite different from animal DNA. When we consume our mother's milk we inherit her immunity, receiving all needed nutrients to grow and develop... as do calves. Just like humans cows won't produce milk once their offspring is grown or more milk than their calf needs. With our constant hunger for milk and dairy products, such as cheese, the dairy industry simply cannot handle the normal, God-designed mechanism of cows. They have to look for ways to make cows lactate non-stop and as much as possible. To achieve the first, cows are artificially inseminated. Once their offspring is born, instead of allowing the two to bond, as God had designed it [I would know, our family owned cows all the way through my childhood], and to allow the little one benefit from his mother's nurturing nature and nutrition she has for him, the calf is torn away and send to be placed in a stall, where he cannot move or develop—his purpose is to become someone's veal in a high end restaurant. The mother, which is grieving [yes, animals do have emotions—just watch your dog], is now in high demand—she is the money making machine for her owner. But because her natural milk production is meant for only one, maybe two, offsprings she could bare at one time, she is pumped with hormones that would make her produce more milk, and produce it faster. The hormone used in cows to increase milk production is known as rBGH: recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone. Look at some of the info I pulled from CPC (Cancer Prevention Coalition) site: All of Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan ban rBGH milk and do not allow the sale of US produced milk or dairy. rBGH is a genetically engineered, potent variant of the natural growth hormone produced by cows. Manufactured by Monsanto, it is sold to dairy farmers under the Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins

supported by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).P a g e | 36 trade name POSILAC. including mastitis. traces of which are absorbed through the gut. Los Angeles Times. colon. Injection of this hormone forces cows to increase their milk production by about 10%.  rBGH factory farms pose a major threat to the viability of small dairy farms. 1994 Article: A Needless New Risk of Breast Cancer The Food and Drug Administration recently warned dairy producers. This is blatantly false:  rBGH makes cows sick.  Excess levels of IGF-1 have been incriminated as a cause of breast. Monsanto. and antibiotics used to treat the mastitis." Monsanto. without any benefits. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . which is readily absorbed through the gut. especially in view of the current national surplus of milk. on its POSILAC label. and prostate cancers. distributors and retailers against "hormone-free" labels on milk from cows that have not been given the biotech milkproduction stimulant known as recombinant bovine growth hormone. due to the mastitis commonly induced by rBGH.  rBGH milk is chemically and nutritionally different than natural milk.  IGF-1 blocks natural defense mechanisms against early submicroscopic cancers. while posing dangers. to consumers. March 20.  rBGH enriches Monsanto. as there is "no significant difference between milk from treated and untreated cows.  rBGH milk is contaminated by pus.  rBGH milk is contaminated with rBGH. maker of the hormone.  rBGH milk is supercharged with high levels of a natural growth factor (IGF-1). insists that rBGH milk is indistinguishable from natural milk. The FDA states that such labeling could be "false or misleading" under federal law. and that it is safe for consumers. Monsanto has been forced to admit to about 20 toxic effects. is already suing one large Midwest milk producer for using the label.

These concerns are not new. But by gerrymandering these explicit data."  Neither the FDA nor Monsanto has investigated the effects of long-term feeding of IGF-1 and treated milk on growth.P a g e | 37  The biotech hormone induces a marked and sustained increase in levels of insulin-like growth factor-1. feeding the hormone (trade name Posilac) to mature rats for only two weeks resulted in statistically significant increases in body and liver weights and bone length. In a 1990 FDA publication disclosing toxicity tests conducted by Monsanto. or on more sensitive sub-cellular effects in infant rats or infants of any other species." More recently.  IGF-1 maintains the malignancy of human breast-cancer cells. I warned that the effects of IGF-1 "could include premature growth stimulation in infants. These effects were seen at a small fraction of injected doses given to control rats.  IGF-1 regulates cell growth.  IGF-1 is not destroyed by pasteurization or digestion and is readily absorbed across the intestinal wall. in cow's milk.  The breast tissues of female fetuses and infants are sensitive to hormonal influences.  IGF-1 induces rapid division and multiplication of normal human breast epithelial cells in tissue cultures. Imprinting by IGF-1 may increase future breast-cancer risks and sensitivity of the breast to subsequent unrelated risks such as mammography and the carcinogenic and estrogen-like effects of pesticide residues in food. they are largely bound to protein and thus probably less biologically active than the unbound IGF-1 in treated milk. While human and normal bovine IGF-1 are identical. the FDA alleged that IGF-1 "lacks oral toxicity. Cows injected with the biotech hormone show heavy localization of IGF-1 in breast (udder) epithelial cells. particularly in infants. including their invasiveness and ability to spread to distant organs. this does not occur in untreated cows. particularly in premenopausal women. or IGF-1. In a 1989 letter to the FDA.  It is highly likely that IGF-1 promotes transformation of normal breast epithelium to breast cancer. division and differentiation. the Council on Scientific Affairs of the American Medical Association stated: "Further studies will be required to determine whether the ingestion of higher-than-normal concentrations of bovine insulin-like growth factor is safe for Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . [breast enlargement] in young children and breast cancer in adult females.

The FDA. at the very least. or rBGH-full.approved label insert for Posilac. a pamphlet that only dairy farmers see." Monsanto's own data further show up to an 80% incidence of mastitis. the FDA immediately revoke its restrictions on labeling of milk from untreated cows. adolescents.P a g e | 38 children. this will necessitate virtually routine use of antibiotics. and adults. it should ban the use of these hormones. More prudently. the FDA and industry have downplayed additional differences between hormonal and non-hormonal milk. in hormone-treated cattle and resulting contamination of milk with statistically significant levels of pus. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . thus still dangerous to our health. with attendant risks of allergic reactions and antibiotic resistance. Do you still think that milk is Good for you? Be it organic. unlabeled sales of treated milk to unwitting consumers. an udder infection. Congress should insist that. admits that its "use is associated with increased frequency of use of medication in cows for mastitis and other health problems. Apart from risks of breast cancer and other IGF-1 effects." The opposite of "further study" is uncontrolled. dairy is still acid forming.

Nutrition plays a critical role in determining whether good or bad genes are expressed. Someone once said: "If genes were the bullets. o Diabetes.  Kidney stones can be prevented by a healthy diet. or expressed [think of the seed analogy used in T. I and my Hubby are a proof of that! Some of the findings published in the most reputable scientific journals show that:  Dietary changes can enable diabetic patients to go off their medication. Even IF genes played a role." finger Disease rates changed over time: o Obesity doubled in the last 25 years. reversing diseases would be impossible. they function only by being activated. if they adhere to the diet and lifestyle of the region they live in. etc. which are determined by the food we eat.  Consuming dairy foods can increase the risk of prostate cancer. If genes were to blame for our problems. o Immigrants coming from other countries with no known history of diseases found in the US. when diet changed. Congress in 1981 estimated that genetics only determines about 2-3% of the total cancer risk. Review prepared for the U. the lifestyle [and diet] is the that pulls the trigger. tend to develop same ailments by the first or second generation. Colin Campbell's research]. o Genetic code could not have waited hundreds of years to express itself in the last 100 years.P a g e | 39 Do Genes Play a Role? It was certainly a question that Hubby and I were forced to ask and face on more than one occasion. on top of my personal experience and conclusions you read in the beginning of this report.  Breast cancer is related to level of female hormones in the blood. but it is.  Heart disease can be reversed through diet alone. S.  Antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables are linked to better mental performance in old age. so I will present you with a few more facts. were rare until recently. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . heart disease. It should not be treated lightly..

the message that would bring more money into their pockets.P a g e | 40  Type 1 diabetes is convincingly linked to infant feeding practices. So. apparently. it is not the lack of information that is killing people. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . maybe it is lack of right information and action that is? Billions of dollars are spent every year on lobbyist by the meat and dairy companies to make sure that the public hears their message. A lot of research has been done on links between nutrition and health. The information is available to the general public.

it seems that the more medicine we produce as a country. these institutions continue to grow and expand.     Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . spending billions of dollars on new constructions every year. let me add that I believe that there is time and place for medicine. Even people who have surgery (stomach stapling or gastric bypass) regain most of their weight over time. Weight-loss programs are usually not successful. However. and at times deaths. rather than resolving the underlying issue. So. more hospitals and more doctors. Medications cause side-effects. They sure had not helped me. Doctors find that 95% of those who lose weight regain that weight within 3 to 5 years. In crisis I thank God for Western medicine. there is no better place to be than America for that. no matter what type of weightloss program they follow. the sicker we get. and only cover up symptoms. Doctors often prescribe medications without diagnosing problems. what gives? [Having said that. weight loss programs and products. Despite more medications.P a g e | 41 Can Drugs {Medicine} Cure? Drugs and surgery don’t cure the diseases that plague and kill most Americans. If I were to get into a car accident an needed surgery. But that is what medicine should be preserved for—crisis!] Medical Advancements  While plant food that promotes health and great metabolism is readily available. we are not getting healthier. If it were otherwise we would be downsizing hospitals and clinics. Americans reportedly spend between $30 and 50 billion annually on diets. If medication was the answer to all of our troubles we would be so much healthier and way ahead of other countries in healing the sick as well as preventing/reversing various diseases. but on the contrary.

The situation has not improved since then—the public us still unaware that nutritional (not to be confused with caloric) deficiencies led to the developing of numerous diseases. normally found in wheat flour. By 1931 the Bureau of Chemistry was dismantled and evolved into the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). or stained to conceal damage or inferiority. By 1912 the commercial food interests forced Dr. The disease is thought to be rare. The act defined adulterated food as that which is combined or packaged with another substance that adversely affects the quality or strength of the food. Wiley from his office as the head of the USDA’s Bureau of Chemistry because he was considered a purist. Because of this the valves do not fit correctly. Example of FDA cover-up Through refining process white flour loses 30 critical nutrients. The same synthetic Thiamin is found in the majority of vitamins available to the public. The heart muscles develop flabby enlargements and loss of contractibility. the FDA worked diligently through federal court orders to block health food manufacturers from revealing the difference between over-processed synthetic and naturally occurring foods. to satisfy the FDA requirements. He was adamant that adulterated food created physical damage to the body. It was called the Pure Food and Drug Act. The times have changed the integrity of the FDA. Harvey W. Instead of dealing with problems we are provided an arsenal of drugs to cover up the symptoms. has had any essential component removed in whole or part. colored. It prohibited the interstate transportation and sale of adulterated food. which is a B-vitamin. resulting in murmurs and valve problems. is composed of filthy or decomposed animal or vegetable matter. or is the product of a diseased animal or an animal that has died other than by slaughtering. Without this vitamin the heart muscle begins to show the effect of Beriberi disease. but it is of epidemic proportions. the industry goes back and “fortifies” it with synthetic Thiamin.P a g e | 42 Does Quality of Food Matter? Pure Food and Drug Act The first food and drug law was passed on June 30. has been blended. 1906. is substituted in whole or part by another substance. has had poisonous or harmful additions made to it. When Thiamin is lost in white flour. Synthetic Thiamin interferes with normal thiamin metabolism. From 1939 to 1949. When grain is processed bran is removed. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . One of the primary nutrients found in bran is Thiamin. coated.

which would lead us to conclude that many suffer from vitamins B and E deficiency. from hormonal changes to calcium depletion and cardiovascular degeneration.P a g e | 43 In addition to removing Thiamin all the vitamin E factors are removed in the milling process as well. For more on the topic refer to Appendix D: Truth about Organic. Most US Americans use too many products made with refined grains. contributing to a range of problems. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins .

folate. is sufficient to bring mineral and protein intakes into line with general recommendations Such vegetables also provide vitamin K. peas. and I presented facts that changed my health to you. would you take it? The answer is: There is a Way! Whole Foods diet prevents diseases Whole Foods diet can halt and REVERSE diseases Green leafy vegetables and broccoli contain high levels of zinc. fewer strokes. potassium and vitamin C The high potassium and low sodium content of raw vegan diets reduces the need for calcium by reducing calcium losses and can be expected to reduce blood pressure and risk of stroke There are no nutrients in animal-based foods that are better than plant-based foods Plant-Based Foods Equal parts of tomatoes. diabetes. whole milk 137 36 34 17 - Nutrient Cholesterol (mg) Fat (g) Protein (g) Beta-Caroten (mcg) Dietary fiber (g) Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . lima beans.P a g e | 44 Good News Revisited I love hard facts. broccoli and darker leaves such as kale and spinach. pork. chicken. including a mixture of lettuces. spinach. less kidney stones and blindness. osteoporosis. potatoes 4 33 29. calcium and protein About 500 g per day of green vegetables.919 31 Animal-Based Foods Equal Parts of beef. less obesity. less heart disease. I now would like to as you a question: If there was a way that would point us to less cancer. high in potassium Oranges are rich in calcium. which promotes healthy bones Carrots are a good source of calcium and peas a good source of zinc and protein Bananas are a good energy food.

peas. Nutrients in Spinach Macronutrients Water Fat (many kinds) Calories Carbohydrates Protein (many kinds) Fiber Minerals Calcium Sodium Iron Zinc Magnesium Copper Manganese Phosphorus Potassium Selenium Vitamins C (Abscorbic Acid) B-6 (Pyridoxine) B-1 (Thiamin) Folate B-2 (Riboflavin) A (as carotenoids) B-3 (Niacin) E (tocopherols) Pantothenic acid Fatty Acid 14:0 (Myristic acid) 18:1 (Oleic acid) 16:0 (Palmic acid) 20:1 (Eicosenoic acid) 18:0 (Stearic acid) 18:2 (Linoleic acid) 16:1 (Palmitoleic acid) 18:3 (Linolenic acid) Amino Acids Tryptophan Valine Threonine Arginine Isoleucine Histidine Leucine Alanine Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . pork. potatoes 20 548 545 Animal-Based Foods Equal Parts of beef. spinach. whole milk 2 51 252 Iron (mg) Magnesium (mg) Calcium (mg) Fruits and Vegetables are Better Than Supplements Very often hopes are placed on isolated nutrients and vitamin companies cash in on public’s unawareness by producing countless vitamin products. lima beans. while the infinite complexity of nature is being ignored and disregarded. chicken.P a g e | 45 Nutrient Plant-Based Foods Equal parts of tomatoes.

Raw [uncooked] foods are rich in enzymes. Even multivitamins are isolated from all the natural compounds found in raw fruits and vegetables. life as we know it would not exist. You can benefit from all of the phytochemicals and nutrients found in plant foods by eating 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables a day and including more whole grains and nuts in your diet. but there are processes going on in plants all the same]. dietary supplements in the form of pills or capsules usually only contain large doses of one or two vitamins. In contrast. converting a specific set of reactants (called substrates) into specific products. Enzymes and Raw Foods Enzyme: A protein (or protein-based molecule) that speeds up a chemical reaction in a living organism. Enzymes are “guides”. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . Without enzymes. When you eat fruits and vegetables.P a g e | 46 Amino Acids Lysine Aspartic acid Methionine Glumatic Acid Cystine Glycine Phenylalanine Proline Tyrosine Serine Phytosterols (many kinds) Colorful fruits and vegetables contain hundreds of phytochemicals in addition to the essential vitamins and minerals they also provide. These isolated nutrients have not proven to be effective or even safe. Enzymes are used by our body for every function it must perform. An enzyme acts as catalyst for specific chemical reactions. Enzymes convert:  fats and oils into simple fatty acids  complex carbs into simple sugars  proteins into amino acids Living enzymes help digestion. We have a certain amount of enzymes for each function. as they are living organisms [not in the same sense as human bodies. these phytochemicals are also absorbed into the body and work together to maintain and even improve our health by helping to prevent disease. They get nutrients to where they are needed the most in the body. minerals or phytochemicals.

If you had ever had a Thanksgiving Meal you know exactly what I am talking about. in the process of heating food loses all enzymes and majority of nutrients and vitamins. B-vitamins and helpful enzymes. compared to cooked and processed foods. Chlorophyll. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . cancer cells and other harmful internal bacteria. Chlorophyll “delivers” significant amounts of oxygen with it into our bodies. including vitamin K. It is important to consume majority of your foods in their RAW form. thus abandoning its other functions. It is very important that if you consume a cooked meal to supplement it with a huge helping of raw [uncooked] foods.P a g e | 47 When foods are heated above 118-120 F the enzymes are destroyed and food becomes "dead". Chlorophyll is a green pigment found in most plants. amino acids and enzymes. Greens and Benefits Greens (green leafy vegetables) possess more valuable nutrients than any other food group. Continual depletion and abuse of our internal enzymes also causes faster aging and makes us more prone to getting sick. they are easier digested. Such good bacteria thrive and grow in the presence of oxygen. and less energy is expanded by the body. As a result it takes less raw foods to become satisfied. especially the greens and is formed only through contact with the sun. Raw foods provide a steady stream of complex carbohydrates. A quick example: wheatgrass juice has 70% chlorophyll and 92 out of 162 possible minerals. Our bodies need good bacteria for manufacturing of essential nutrients. Cooked foods lack enzymes. The minerals and proteins get altered and become less usable to the body. While cooking makes the food softer and some think easier to digest. Chlorophyll is vital for plants to obtain energy from light. vitamins. I call the phenomena the "Turkey Coma". Consuming enzyme depleted foods overburdens our bodies. when absorbed. Raw foods are rich in living enzymes. The body has to pull enzymes from other processes to concentrate on digestion and assimilation of consumed foods. so it is available to you for other important tasks. heals and cleanses our organs and even destroys things like fungus. so digestion becomes more difficult and our bodies have to work extra hard to absorb nutrients. so naturally. It can be likened to living sunshine.

much needed functions. (Source: Green for Life book). the cell walls need to be ruptured. All of the nutrients of greens are stored inside the cells of plants. thus we can preserve that energy for other. To release all the valuable nutrients from within the cells. because of their high chlorophyll content are high in oxygen and in minerals are the most alkalizing foods that exist. Our bodies are responsible for the process.P a g e | 48 Greens. To make this process easier blending greens [as in making green smoothies] becomes very helpful. Blended greens assimilate into our bodies much faster. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . By including more greens into our diet we can keep our bodies alkaline and healthy.

one day at a time. the way we did it—overnight. It is not surprising. power-lifting champion Yours truly [yes. A decision is followed by actions. which. coming from trustworthy sources. or 2. There are two ways to make changes: 1. ultra-marathoner.)] is a fitness trainer with quick recovery times Unfortunately magazine and TV ads are targeted at confusing you. Medical doctors remain largely ignorant about the role of nutrition. how do we combat this misinformation and commercialism? Education. but that depends on YOU! It starts with a decision. course record holder at Badwater and Western States Chris Campbell. Brendan Brazier. as in their entire education career they take only one course on nutrition. me . ironically is sponsored by the meat and dairy industry.P a g e | 49 Conclusion Plant-Based Lifestyle is Not for Wimps In conclusion I want to disspell the myth sold by junk food and meat companies that "real men" eat meat. start with one meal at a time. while collecting a huge profit for pharmaceutical companies and large corporations. Actions lead to a change of our mindset and habits. So. is the answer! But you must have motivation. USA track and field Master's champion Bill Manetti. a need and a desire to make changes. six-time Ironwoman. and plant foods and salads are somehow "chick" food. And what can be more simple than eating great food?! Making changes might not seem to be 100% easy in the beginning. Olympic wrestling champion Ruth Heidrich. It Is Your Time NOW You might be thinking: "Is it really that simple?" The answer is: YES! Most solutions to our lives' problems are very simple indeed. one decision at a time Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . a professional Ironman tri-athlete Scott Jurek.

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Proteins. A nutrition researcher Max Rubner (1854-1932) stated that meat protein intake was a symbol of civilization itself: “A right protein allowance is the right of a civilized man. The amino acids are then absorbed and reform in order to create new proteins that are then used by the body. collagen is a protein and is vital for the strength. and they get indignant when you suggest they quit meats and dairy. Out of the 22 there are 14 non-essential amino acids. asked this question: “But where do you get your protein?” In the beginning of our vegan journey I took the time to explain it. and I mean CONSTANTLY. Interestingly enough. through digestion. With education on the topic of protein lacking it is really pointless to tell people where to get protein. instead of answering their question. They are termed non-essential because they can be manufactured by the body. hydrogen. oxygen and nitrogen. Amino acids are chemical compounds containing carbon. when. Now. elasticity and composition of our hair and skin. the rest have to be derived from food. The 22 types of amino acid are divided into two groups: essential and non-essential amino acids. They also failed to know what protein is for.” People almost get a religious glow on their faces when they talk about it. There are many forms of protein. which all play an important role in the function of the body. For example. before I tell you where and how you get your protein. What is Protein? Protein became the new American mantra about 100 years ago. I would first ask a question in return: “Can you tell me what Protein is?” Over 90% of the people did not know. I ask them a question: “What is protein?” they have a blank look on their face. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . There are 22 different types of amino acid and our bodies need all of them to function properly. thus they are dubbed essential. since they were led to believe that is the only true source of protein. are broken down into individual amino acids. So. which combine together into different structures to form the various types of protein that the body requires. Proteins are made up of long chains of amino acids. We first must understand what protein is. it does not mean that non-essential amino acids are not important! Not at all! Without them the new proteins that are formed by the body cannot be properly formed.P a g e | 57 As someone who eats a 100% vegan diet I am constantly. let me tell you what protein is. Eventually I got smarter and instead of answering the question.

modern science has discovered that the proteins that are closest to ours can be found in animal products only and thus labeled it “complete”. histidine and arginine are additionally required by infants and growing children. and lysine. What you are not told and don’t know. is that by combining two or more of the “incomplete” proteins. They are generally found in plants. nuts and legumes. cysteine. digestion and even transporting nutrients and oxygen in the blood. such as metabolism. serine and tyrosine are considered conditionally essential. And… you don’t even have to eat these two at the same meal to get that—your body will do that for you! The Role of Protein So. valine. The amino acids arginine.P a g e | 58 I am sure that now you are curious to know what amino acids are essential. So. But make sure to memorize them and recite in your dream. So here we go: phenylalanine. Shoosh… you must feel so much smarter now—you can memorize these to impress your friends at the next dinner party. Protein is a major component of muscles. proline. For example rice and beans will form a “complete” protein and give your body all the essential amino acids it needs. a complete supply of essential amino acids can be made available. ok. though. histidine. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . Since these protein sources have labeled “incomplete” they have been written off and the society decided that the only way to meet our protein requirements is through consuming animal foods. you curiosity might be finally be peaking enough to know WHY you need proteins at all. The incomplete proteins are usually lacking one or more of the essential amino acids. threonine. These foods are called “complete” and are considered to be of superior quality. maintenance and repair of all cells. Protein is required by the body for growth. Well. such as vegetables. but must be supplied exogenously to specific populations that do not synthesize it in adequate amounts. Interestingly enough. fruits. [Source: Wikipedia] I hope that you are feeling much more enlightened now. I am glad you are thinking about that. tissues and organs and is essential for nearly all processes that occur in our bodies. glycine. grains. next time you think about protein you might actually know what it means. isoleucine. Cysteine (or sulphur-containing amino acids). now that you know what protein (complete and incomplete) is. since you asked. leucine. glutamine. Complete and incomplete Proteins Some foods contain all of the 8 essential amino acids. tyrosine (or aromatic amino acids). tryptophan. methionine. meaning they are not normally required in the diet.

P a g e | 59 Protein is also responsible for the production of antibodies. such as cheeses. infection. in fact. get a better quality protein by skipping the middle “man”. just like ours do. by going straight to the source. where did we get our protein? Are you ready for the answer?! Same place animals do. Interestingly enough we were no sicker than the Americans. It is also responsible for the main nutrient that keeps our hair healthy and shiny. with less coronary related diseases. somehow miraculously covert sunshine or air into protein in their bodies. peas. as God intended it). lentils. as you can see. dark colored greens. especially meat. and very few cancer cases compared to the American statistics. or at least they should. So. here is a comparison between animal and plant protein: Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . nuts. So. the population of our country was slimmer. Which foods are good sources of Protein? The amazing part of the answer is that most plants have some protein in them. etc. brown rice. milk. Milk was more readily available. that a common man was even able to afford such luxury foods as eggs. it was not until the beginning of the 20th century. we did not have meat in every meal we consumed. were more of a special occasion treat. but dairy products. The allergies were not very common as well as obesity was almost an unknown phenomenon. Actually. which fight against invaders: illness. our nails and our bones strong and healthy. our skin fresh and glowing. On the contrary. as the wages started to go up and employment was not as scarce as it was for centuries passed. Here are just a few sources that will give you an idea of where to look for protein: oatmeal. etc. It is truly unfortunate that the dairy and the meat companies along with media created this myth that the only true source of protein we have is animal products. of course—Plants! It is almost naïve to think that animals. Most of our meals were plant based and only occasionally did we have a chicken to share among the entire family in a week’s time. cheeses and. and then their bodies extract needed nutrients to make protein. When I was growing up overseas. legumes. we can. The animals eat grass (for the most part. History proves that it was not always so. Just to give you an idea of how easy it is to get your daily protein intake.

decaying. 100% digestible 100 calories (2 tablespoons) of raw chickpeas has 5 grams of protein Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins .) of steak has 13 grams of protein steak. aka dead.) of spinach has 12 grams of protein rich in enzymes. vitamin rich food. hard to digest flesh 100 calories (15 oz.P a g e | 60 100 calories (about 1. living.5 oz.

P a g e | 61 Sweet fruit averages about 4-8% protein delicious. irresistible droplets of pleasure. rich in enzymes fruit Leafy greens and veggies are about 15 to 20% protein Sprouts [the most digestible source of protein] are up to 35% protein of their content Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins .

nutrients and minerals makes you feel full faster. the more risk you are placing yourself in and making yourself more susceptible to various diseases. By these figures. If you’re interested in reading more on the subject. enzymes. How much protein should we eat each day? The average American consumes 15-20% of protein. think about the simplest most digestible form of protein available—plant protein. you need only around 37 grams of protein. especially following the statements I had just made. vitamins. various forms of cancer. even if you are an avid athlete and are burning 3.000 calories a day. such as coronary diseases. next time you start worrying about your protein needs being met. diabetes.P a g e | 62 So. most people suffer from protein overdose. Is too much protein bad for you? Glad that you asked! It is a question that begs to be answered. thus preventing overeating. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . 10% dietary protein is equivalent to eating about 50-60 grams of protein per day. unprocessed and as close to its natural state as possible) it is almost impossible to overeat on any give nutrient. By looking at the figures I have provided above you can easily realize how effortless it is to get all the protein you need in just a few servings of plant foods. As far as I know. studies have shown (refer to The China Study) that plant protein. These days. regardless of how much of it you consume. Colin Campbell. which is much higher than the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of 10%. The only harmful protein that you can consume is animal protein. 6% for pregnant women and 7% for women who are nursing. resulting in many of our modern day illnesses. The more you consume of it. hormone imbalances. From my observation and personal experience I find it altogether impossible. there is more than ample protein in the raw/vegan food diet. The national average of 15-16% is about 70-100 grams of protein. On the other hand. World Health Organizations recommends only 5% of calorie intake as protein. and I have studied this subject extensively and applied it in my own life. The rich content of fiber. skip the middle “man” (animal products) and get straight to the source. is not harmful at all. autoimmune diseases. skin problems. etc.e. It is also important to note that when we consume whole plant based diet (i. read The China Study by T.

The cleaner the gas the less toxicity is involved.P a g e | 63 Protein conversion Protein. The process can be likened to gas to energy conversion in cars. Living foods. we end up with a lot of putrefaction—rotting of animal protein our bodies are trying to digest. Another thing you should consider is the design of the human body. Their bodies work extra hard to push the dead weight (pun intended) of animal flesh down to their stomach. but I can hardly call this kind of protein “life giving”. when consumed. and go into “protein” coma. Pick quality Protein sources! 100% vegan! 100% healthy! 100% beautiful! Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . you don’t want any toxic residue staying behind in your body and poisoning you from within. If you do not agree with me. where it sits anywhere between 4-7 hours and then into the intestinal tract. Instead of becoming more energetic after eating all turkey and ham imaginable. As with cars. Our gastro-intestinal tract is long and increases the transit time of food from the time of its intake to the time of its disposal. the pants and belts get loosened. To avoid toxic pollution internally you have to take the cleanest form of protein possible—plant protein. If foods are consumed that are devoid of fiber. On a plant based diet. such as animal food. just think about all Thanksgiving dinners you have been to. take less than an hour to pass through your stomach and head on into the intestinal tract. such as vegetables and greens. where animal protein is to be the king. is converted by our bodies into energy. happy eaters slide back in their seats to give room for air to get into their lungs. since protein intake is cleaner and less in quantity than average intake on SAD (Standard American Diet) the body is able to operate more efficiently and utilize every bit of protein you give it. I don’t know about you.

P a g e | 64 Bottom Line The bottom line is that you don’t need to consume flesh foods (that included dairy as well) to meet your protein needs. is only 50% digestible by the human body. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . Think long-term. such as found in milk. Eat foods that make sense—foods that are easily digestible and are easy to eliminate. such as found in breast milk. foods that will give you energy instead of foods that will deprive you of energy. is 100% digestible. Plant and human protein. In Conclusion Animal protein. not immediate pleasure.

P a g e | 65 Appendix B: Truth about Fat Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins .

while you are reading this post. at least for the next few minutes. whether we admit it or not. Before we dive into the topic. Their molecules are round and feel great in our mouths. everything you have been told about fat. is because they are pleasant to taste. Let’s start from the beginning. Our body has to have a certain percentage of fat in it to function properly. etc. Is Fat important? The reason we like fats. for females—18-24%. For males 12-16% body fat is considered normal.P a g e | 66 vs. Omega-3 and -6 marketing hype. let's make a deal—let’s agree to forget.and mono.saturated fats. EVERYTHING! Let’s lock up all the talk you heard about poly. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . vs.

These kinds of fats are found in processed and animal products. Remember that this we want to learn is about health first! Weight loss is a benefit of the entire process. Our bodies need fat for many reasons. the rest of it is a mix of protein and carbohydrates. Good fats are necessary for the brain. The brain uses fat as insulation for its billions of nerve cells. and leads not only to infertility but to a host of other problems. Roughly 50-60% of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat. There are horrible fats that cause problems by clogging our arteries and increasing our blood pressure. often neglected. As you can see from the figures above the perpetuated image of all French women having 0% body fat is actually not a good one. they do exist!): Omega-3 -6 and -9 fatty acids (found in flax and hemp seeds). Healthy fats are necessary for proper brain function. adrenal glands and thyroid. have to maintain their body fat at the level of at least 10%. Is all Fat created equal? Not all fats are created equal. Hormone imbalance can lead to sever disorders of pituitary gland. causes cessation of menses. and polyunsaturated fats (e. which seems to be a problem with models and young girls they inspire. The better insulated a cell. as well as raking havoc in many other ways. Becoming too thin. It is bound to happen if you have a balanced diet. small members of our body are of primary importance and cannot be neglected. Primarily we should be thinking not about the quantity. but rather quality of fats.. There are good and bad fats. They contain Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . flax seeds. especially those hoping to achieve pregnancy. Women. the faster it sends messages and the speedier your thinking becomes. These.g. don’t stop reading and try to figure out how much fat you have—you will get to that some other time.P a g e | 67 Here is a quick chart for those of you who are visual: Now. hemp seeds and dark. walnuts). leafy greens will help the brain to run smoothly. Walnuts. Then there are fats that are good for us (yes. Lack of menstruation disrupts hormonal production in females.

Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . releases carcinogens. don’t run out and get a jug of olive oil and have a bread-dipping party! Healthy fats are those fats that are found in nature in an unprocessed form. it takes even more sesame seeds to make sesame oil. Vegetable and seed oils. The question when you sit down to a meal shouldn’t be “how much fat is in this?” but rather “what kind of fat is this” and “how digestible is it?” Difference between Cooked and Raw Fats Raw fats enter the body with the lipase enzyme. at high heat. and benzopyrene (one of the worst cancer-causing agents known). Cooked fats don’t contain lipase. vitamins. nitrosamines. especially with all drug ads running on TV. nerves. Fats also help us to feel satiated. etc.P a g e | 68 antioxidants. Oils. which helps us to digest the fat itself intact and provide and easy digestion and assimilation. seeds. D and E). These fats—provided we eat them in reasonable quantities—are not only beneficial. no matter how wonderful they are said to be.K. It would be very hard to get fat from these “fatty” foods. avocados and coconuts. They are of paramount importance in digesting fat-soluble vitamins (A. which makes it tougher for us to assimilate them properly. creating other problems and settling on our hips and thighs. Healthy fats can be found in their natural state in many foods: nuts. Again: it’s not the fat that’s to be avoided. I know that I cannot have more than a handful or two of soaked nuts at a time—they fill me very quickly. and bones. Oils are processed foods. People are now starting to read labels. should be used moderately and sparingly. Now. if they reach a smoking point. This is why some oils now list their “safe heating” temperature on the bottle. properties that help to lower the risk of heart disease and high cholesterol. I hope this makes you feel better already. Cooked fats change their molecular structure and. Avocados? I normally can master one. do not naturally occur in nature. oils that help joints. including acrolein. radio and printed media. Let me help you to save time reading labels by laying the foundation. Unassimilated fats are stored by the body and end up clogging our arteries. it’s the quality of fats you’re eating you should question. become carcinogenic. It takes a lot of olives to make an ounce of olive oil. but then I don’t eat them on a daily basis. so I do not worry about the quantity. even of the highest quality. Plant Fat and Cholesterol In the last several years Cholesterol has become a buzz word. hydrocarbons. and they promote brain function.. Oil. but vital to our diets. which make it very hard to “overdose” on fats they contain. and proven effects on lowering high blood pressure. maximum two in one meal. be they cold-pressed or not. Remember that when we consume foods in their natural state they come with fiber. minerals.

you will realize that since we produce our own cholesterol we don’t need to bring an outside [animal] source to help us with the process. but we should not overindulge in any concentrated fat. We do use occasional olive oil. even “fatty” plants. So. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . obesity. instead of spilling on the ground. and you may retain weight. your body will not be invaded with foreign cholesterol and will make enough of its own. Food is meant to be eaten to provide energy and sustenance to our bodies. and high-cholesterol. let me emphasize this again—this does not mean that you are going to run out and get a bottle of olive oil to have a bread-dipping party! When I talk about natural fats. Even strict vegans will produce about 800-1500 milligrams of cholesterol a day internally. let’s think of moderation when we talk about any food intake. Just like a car. I am referring to the ones that have not been altered and are consumed in their unaltered state. Whatever the origin of food is: plant. coconut oil for salad dressings. animal. no matter how GOOD they might be.P a g e | 69 Did you know that There is NO cholesterol in PLANT foods?! Cholesterol is made in the liver. avocados etc. However. otherwise everything extra is going to be a waste. including healthy plant fats. It is our fuel. seeds. hemp seed oil. so their cholesterol is harmful to our bodies! When we ingest dietary cholesterol from animal products we increase levels of cholesterol in our bodies. extra “gas” will be settling on our waistline. you’re not going to feel too great. picking and choosing what it needs from the plants to produce needed amounts. Need an example? Nuts. with a possible exception of green juices or greens. whole olives. we should fill our “tank” only until it gets full. whole coconuts. If you eat plants. if you will. If you follow the logic here. our bodies are not created to have an excess of it. raw or cooked. sautéing and skincare. Will Plant Fat make me FAT? Let me start with a disclaimer: if you’re overeating anything. Animals have a different DNA than we do. The only difference with this metaphor is that in our case. humans do as well. and with that the chances of heart disease. We need the cholesterol that WE produce to live healthy lives. Animals produce cholesterol.

The key to a slim. and our inability to process what we eat efficiently. fried foods. Even if we think we’re eliminating normally. It’s wise to avoid animal fats. especially those living in “developed” countries eat highly acidic diets. eczema and psoriasis. sweeping and scrubbing through our systems. we’re not! Chances are. soy. These all might contribute to acidity and weight retention. Overeating and bad fats do contribute to weight issues. This includes: greens. due to their high enzyme (in raw foods) and fiber content. To break the cycle of waste accumulation and weight retention we need to create alkaline environment in our bodies. and dairy. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . some of us eat better diets than others. legumes and other delicious foods. along with occasional regular colonic irrigation. mainstream diets. acidic foods! Avoiding healthy fats is not going to keep you slim if you’re still eating tons of grains. Given. junk foods. When we consume poor diet that consists of highly acidic foods (animal and processed sources) we begin to store and accumulate waste matter. we’re clogged up from years of eating bad. These foods do not only help to raise our bodies’ alkalinity. but since we are talking about moderate intake of healthy fats. thinking that the fat in avocados or other plant-based sources will make you fat reveals a serious misunderstanding of what does and doesn’t contribute to weight gain. acne. vegetable juices. yeast infections. supple body is not avoiding fats. vegetables. With acidic bodies comes waste accumulation. in which instances there is less waste accumulation. etc. in spite of exercise and efforts to eat well. especially in their processed and refined forms: soy. We need to look at the accumulation of waste and toxins in our bodies that results from poor. which create highly acidic bodies. and weight retention. It is avoiding dense. migraines. avocados. However. The effect of these foods. which is achieved through a plant based. grains. low energy. removing the waste and toxins we’ve been storing. if available.P a g e | 70 With that in mind. but. depression. but along with that you also should avoid other offenders. most modern day people. There are other severe side-effects that might be experienced: chronic colds and flu. and it comes with consequences: gastrointestinal disorders like IBS and excessive bloating. nuts. we should look at more than the number of grams or calories of fat we consume. fatigue. will help you end the weight retention and provide you with a renewed capacity to assimilate foods efficiently—fats included. also act like brooms and rough sponges. easy to digest diet.

Cooked fats are dangerous  heated fats. Don’t count calories. Fats in a properly structured alkaline diet will not hurt you but help you. If anything. without counting calories or figuring out how many grams of fat are in my food. especially when they rich a smoking point. I promise! I stay slim effortlessly. release carcinogens 7. Concentrated fats are not as good as unprocessed fats  olives or avocados are better than olive or avocado oil 5. So. 3.P a g e | 71 The good news is that eating moderate amounts of healthy fats will not make you gain weight. In Conclusion Let’s recap everything to make sure that you walk away having learned a lesson. avocados and young coconuts will help to alkalize your systems and keep you satiated. you will be unlikely to overeat on them  however. go get yourself a couple of avocados and make a great guacamole! Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . Avocados are not evil!  in a properly structured diet it is hard to overeat on avocados and gain weight  avocados are rich of vitamins. which can contribute to weight release. get up. We can enjoy fats in healthy quantities without suffering any ill effects. minerals and nutrients and should not be feared 6. Not all fats are bad  animal fats are acidic and need to be avoided  raw plant fats are essential for our health 4. consider foods you eat  Ask yourself these questions: “Is this good fat or bad fat? Will it be easy to digest and eliminate or will it clog my insides?” We don’t have to be slaves to mainstream mentality that l would shackle us to label reading and fearing avocados for their high fat content. Plant fats will not make you fat!  when foods are eaten in their natural (original) state. This is not a joke. if you eat a plant based diet that is highly processed you are likely to have weight and health problems 8.

P a g e | 72 Appendix C: Truth about Sugar Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins .

History Our sugar consumption. I certainly can give you more stories. if there were sweets in the house he would forego all other foods just to get his sugar fix. My husband is a recovering sugar addict. As little as 100 years ago. or simple things such as fruit. Sure I do have occasional taste for sweets. but they are easily met with a handful of dates.P a g e | 73 Truth About Sugar I find this issue [SUGAR] is so dear to many. Americans in the US consume close to. in forms of table sugar. in the past. the truth is. raw cookies. sports drinks. etc. and at times even now. 156 lbs of sugar per year per person [Source: USDA]. Thankfully living a high raw diet and a desire for better health is helping him to overcome his weakness. baked foods. You might be curious if I personally had to battle sugar “demons” in my life. and at times more than. has been drastically altered in the last century. That’s ¼-½ lbs of sugar per DAY! Most of it comes from refined sources. She admits that it is her downfall. I know it sounds funny. sodas. and. packaged foods. but why should I bore you? I am certain you can tell me a few of your own. One of my sisters-in-law self proclaimed that she cannot live a healthier life because she does not have the self-will to part with sweets. I have many other sugar addicts in the family. as much as he would want to sugar coat it (no pun intended) and call it “having a sweet tooth”. I know that he is not alone in this world feeling this way. it is estimated that Americans ate around one pound of sugar a year! Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . as a society in total. but he still has his times of struggle. although it might not be something he would like to hear me say. I am happy to report that I have been blessed my whole life not to have acquired a “sweet tooth”.

Let’s visit Wikipedia for a deeper explanation on the subject. Polysaccharides are structural elements in the cell walls of bacteria and plants. and fructose. galactose. sugar maple (in maple syrup). such as glucose.] Carbohydrates are simple organic compounds. obesity and tooth decay. but also appears in fruit. Carbohydrates serve as energy stores. Carbohydrates are linked to many proteins and lipids. ribose and deoxyribose sugars form part of the structural framework of RNA and DNA. [So. mainly sucrose. Certain carbohydrates.P a g e | 74 What is Sugar? Sugars are the simplest forms of carbohydrates. Excessive consumption of sugar has been associated with increased incidences of type 2 diabetes. fuels. Shall we? Sugar is a class of edible crystalline substances. Scientifically. let’s dig deeper and make you feel even more educated. Glucose (a type of sugar found in human blood plasma) has the molecular formula C6 H12 O6. and fructose. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . next time someone tells you that carbs are bad for you. lactose. where they play key roles in mediating interactions among and between cells and other elements in the cellular environment. go ahead and show off your newly acquired knowledge and put them to shame! There is a huge difference between bad and good carbs… but that’s the reason we are having this conversation in the first place. sorghum. As I mentioned—sugars are simple carbohydrates. and metabolic intermediates. Sugar as a basic food carbohydrate primarily comes from sugar cane and from sugar beet. sugar refers to any monosaccharide or disaccharide. such as glucose. The basic carbohydrate units are called monosaccharides. and in many other sources. store chemical energy. Monosaccharides (also called “simple sugars”). Now that you are starting to feel more enlightened. which biological cells convert to other types of energy. honey.

It is of imperative to realize what foods and eating behaviors can cause Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . Any time we have extra sugar in the body. as well as refined carbohydrates. they become healthier and prevent the increase of bad bacteria in our gastric intestinal tract. It is not energy itself. They change our cholesterol level for the better. They also produce vitamins such as B vitamin. formerly. the body absorbs it into the cells or the liver. making our blood platelets stick together and make the blood viscosity higher. where it gets converted into fat. but rather temporarily stores energy. One that everyone is well acquainted with is the fact that sugars provide us with energy. ATP is the activated carrier which gives organisms energy. Be careful! This is not the kind of sugar I am talking about here. Things to know about Sugar Overconsumption of bad sugars (i. refined/processed) is dangerous! The body easily converts excess sugar into fat.P a g e | 75 Now we have come full circle and established that sugars are simple carbs. garlic. they inhibit various bad bacteria and viruses. onions. which leads towards an anaerobic [ineffective] metabolism. tend to create increased acidity in their tissues. leeks. and others.e. They are crucial for our health. ATP [adenosine triphosphate ] is the major ‘currency’ of energy in the body.e. When the bacteria are being fed by those carbohydrates.] WARNING: refined/processed sugars do not serve any purpose in our bodies! People who eat too much sugar. They help feed our healthy bacteria in the gut. Sugar level fluctuations affect our mood. Sugar is a fuel that burns easily. memory and focus. and help to restore our gut flora. behavior. among many other important functions. Some carbohydrates are known as inoline or fruit-oligo-saccharides. Sugar is actually incorporated into our physical structure and acts as storage for energy in the future. my dearest husband). Excessive intake of such sugars and refined carbohydrates leads to changes in our blood. [Now that you are becoming more educated on the topic of sugar don’t bolt out the door and head to the nearest store to buy a pint of Häagen-Dazs or German chocolate cake {my hubby's former mistres } or any other favorite dessert. such as white flour that is so common in baked goods. which occur in certain foods like asparagus. It creates the energy factor that is known as ATP. my sister-in-law and. and simple carbs are sugars. which contributes to cardiovascular risk and diseases. and other roots and bulbs. if we are ever subjected to go through antibiotic therapy. Is Sugar Important? Sugar [the right kind] serves several purposes in our bodies. especially white sugar (i. Folic Acid. Jerusalem artichokes.

P a g e | 76 sugar roller-coasters and avoid them. We need a constant supply of energy to maintain a healthy body. We need to ensure that our blood sugar level is always stable.

Stable Sugars?
Naturally occurring [unrefined/unprocessed] sugars are stable. Plants are made up of carbohydrates, which our body breaks down to extract right amounts of sugars. The sugars inside plants are not isolated, and are surrounded by wonderful things such as fiber. Our body has to work harder to extract such sugars, which takes time for sugar to be released into our blood stream, thus preventing spikes. Refines sugars go directly into our blood stream and cause us to have sugar. If we eat unprocessed foods, they will supply us with a proper dosage of sugar, also providing us with mental clarity and physical alertness. It is when we part from what God intended for our food that we get ourselves into huge trouble.

Why is processed Sugar bad for me?
Nowadays most people would agree that white (processed) sugar is bad for them. However, they are fooled to believe that somehow sugar that is darker in color is not as bad and feel at peace consuming it instead. The truth? Both evaporated cane juice and white cane sugar have been heavily processed to remove the molasses content. During this processing the vitamins, minerals, fiber, amino acids, and trace elements that make molasses nutritious are stripped away, leaving one of the purest chemicals ever manufactured. Following processing, evaporated cane juice is 99.5% sucrose, and white sugar is 99.9% sucrose. Turbinado sugar, considered the least processed of any of the forms of sugar, is 99% sucrose. Whether sugar is eaten in the form of white sugar, evaporated cane juice, turbinado, or any of the other names for it, its effect on the body is the same. When eaten in large amounts, or eaten without fat or protein [the kinds we talked about in previous posts], each of them will produce the same sort of insulin spike, weight gain, immune system suppression, and increased chance for diabetes. [source NaturalNews.com]. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins

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All sugar is processed from the sugar cane or sugar beet plant, and the two types of plants are used interchangeably. High quality brown sugar is made by cutting short the refinement process and leaving a bit of molasses in the sugar for taste and color. Lower quality brown sugar sold in conventional grocery stores is usually made from processed white sugar with the addition of caramel for coloring. Some brown sugar is even made by processing white sugar through animal bone charcoal to add color. The big difference between evaporated cane juice and granulated sugar is the price, which runs about $8-$10 dollars a pound for evaporated cane juice compared to about $1-$3 dollars a pound for white sugar. If manufacturers are willing to spend the extra money to put the words evaporated cane juice on their labels, it means they know the public is seriously trying to avoid eating sugar and needs to be tricked into eating it anyway [source NaturalNews.com].

How important is Glycemic Index?
Glycemic index, also known as GI is another buzz word. Carbohydrates behave quite differently one from another in our bodies. The GI describes this difference by ranking carbohydrates according to their effect on our blood glucose levels. I am sure that you might have heard that choosing low GI carbs—the ones that produce only small fluctuations in our blood glucose and insulin levels—is the secret to long-term health and weight loss. However, it is only a partial truth! Unfortunately GI, as many other things, became nothing more than another marketing tool and a tactic to sell products that are not good for consumption. Look at some of the ingredients on processed foods like sodas, cereals, even energy bars and ice creams. Some have lower GI than naturally occurring plant foods (fruit). But it does not mean that they are good for your consumption! Processed foods that are low in GI can lead to various health issues: cancers, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and many others.

Stress and Sugar
Physical exercise and physical stress can change our blood sugar levels. To cope with stress, be it emotional or physical, our bodies start secreting hormones like cortisol. Cortisol increases blood sugar level. In a stressful situations our brain and muscles use sugar to deal with stress, making us more alert and giving us a boost of energy (fight or flight mode).

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P a g e | 78 An increase in blood sugar level long-term will have a weakening effect on the adrenal glands, which produce the stress hormone cortisol. Elevated levels of cortisol have a negative physical effect. Given time, it can lead to osteoporosis, menstrual problems, fatigue, irritability, high blood pressure, depression, obesity, suppressed thyroid function and other problems. This was the very reason I personally developed hormone imbalance and hypothyroid.

Why do Sweets make us feel good?
Sugar helps our body to manufacture serotonin in the brain, which makes us feel good and relaxed. It is a natural antidepressant in a sense, so we become addicted to it. Unfortunately when the blood sugar goes down after we eat refined sugars, we end up more depressed than we did before eating them. So, we eat more sugar, get another spike, and get down again. It becomes an addiction, same as drugs. Because of these ups and downs the vicious cycle of addiction gets worse and worse. Emotional and physical stress, and eventually sugar addiction, will cause a lot of sugar cravings in order to reduce negative emotions, by increasing the serotonin output. Increased blood sugar decreases DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone) levels. [DHEA is a hormone that protects us from stress, cancer, aging, obesity, Alzheimer's disease, from weakening immune system, hypothyroidism, and is a precursor to healthy sex hormones and other hormones.] Sugar spikes also affect our insulin metabolism. When cortisol levels go up insulin does not work, so not only do we increase the sugar in the blood, but we reduce the utilization of sugar in the tissues, as a result the tissues cannot regenerate. Because of this we release more fatty acids from the tissues, and reduce the synthesis [creation and absorption] of proteins. Our bodies go into a stage of breaking down instead of building our tissues up.

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The natural sweeteners are derived from certain fruits. what else causes cortisol levels to increase? Surprise! One thing that nobody wants talk about is animal protein. especially radio frequencies that people are exposed to in their homes (computers. especially around the belly. There are artificial sweeteners and there are natural sweeteners. Whenever we increase animal protein in diet. and sometimes increased blood pressure. With that also comes increase in fat.P a g e | 79 What else can influence blood Sugar and increase Cortisol level? Emotional stress and refined sugars are not the only culprits. cancer and other diseases. stereo systems. let differentiate. There are other things that might cause blood sugar elevation. certain vegetables. With increased insulin level in the blood we also have increased fats in the blood. so don’t dismiss this issue). The insulin cell receptors lose their functionality. This in turn will decrease our testosterone level (ladies. Most issues that I have previously mentioned: osteoporosis. menstrual problems. When insulin is elevated for a long period of time the body might create insulin resistance. are associated with high sugar and high cortisol correlation that will occur with excessive animal protein intake. and certain tubers. dimmer switches. we start increasing cortisol secretion. but we all: male and female. There are also artificial sweeteners that are absolutely dangerous for your health (you will find a lot of them are used by diabetics and “health conscious” population of our society). Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . which creates the beginning of pre-diabetes. I was surprised to learn that electromagnetic radiation. (You can find more on the topic in the book [The China Study]) Increase in blood sugar causes continuous elevation in our insulin. can cause a heart attack. What about Sweeteners? First. So. also known as metabolic syndrome. fluorescent lamps. need a certain level of testosterone in our body. you might be thinking that you don’t have to worry about this subject. Animal proteins can also cause extra estrogen production that can become detrimental to males and females alike. fatigue. even before full-fledged diabetes which increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases. However. and other electronics) can be another culprit. The problem in many cases. because they are derived from a natural product trough chemical processes they can cause some problems. increased triglycerides.

There are many wonderful sources of God-given sugar.P a g e | 80 These sweeteners were invented in a chemical lab—not found in nature. the best way to do so is by dehydrating them yourself. pesticides and herbicides along with the fruit. There are also sweeteners like honey. is raw vegetables and fruits. They will provide your body with complex sugars while preventing sugar spikes. Most commercially dried fruits have chemical additives to give them shelf life. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . if additional sweetness is desired. The best. brown rice syrup and stevia. of course. If you decide to add dried fruits to your diet. If you cannot dehydrate your own fruit carefully examine labels of the fruit you are buying to make sure you are not buying sulfate. use them in moderation. use dates and raisins in your smoothies and desserts. raw sources are your best friends and artificial and processed sugars are you enemies. Whenever possible. In Conclusion Remember that the most natural. so steer clear from them. If you use these. Where do I get my Sugar? First of all let’s establish that it is never a good idea to abuse even natural sugars.

P a g e | 81 Appendix D: Truth about Organic Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins .

Food processing practices that protect the integrity of the organic product and disallow irradiation. This can lead to many health problems. long-lasting pesticides. (2) One thing that you must keep in mind. humanely treated animals by providing organically-grown feed.  Kosher does not mean organic. I cannot stress the importance of reading and understanding labels enough. If your food contains toxins in the form of chemical pesticides and fertilizers. however. herbicides or fungicides. but I am going to list only a few. is that not everything that has an organic label on it is truly 100% organic. I will add my reasons mixed in with other opinions that I agree with. What does "Organic" Mean? Organic agriculture is a production method that emphasizes the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality. Since the information that I would like to share is abundant on the web. fresh air and outdoor access while using no antibiotics or added growth hormones. Livestock management practices that promote healthy. your body has to figure out a way to get rid of the toxins. Organic food products are produced using: Agricultural management practices that promote healthy eco-systems and prohibit the use of genetically engineered seeds or crops.  Free range does not mean organic. There are several labeling options you might see on store shelves:    100% Organic Organic Made with Organic Ingredients For complete definition.P a g e | 82 There are many reasons for us to choose organic foods over non-organic. please click on this link! Things You Should Know:  Natural is not the same as organic. it stores them until it has time to eliminate them. Many of the pesticides used in farming have been Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . The body has to process everything you put into it and eliminate what it cannot digest. sewage sludge.  Cage free also does not mean organic. Why Should You Buy Organic? 1. Full credit is given to the authors. When the body cannot get rid of toxins fast enough. genetically modified ingredients (GMOs) or synthetic preservatives.

. YOU CANNOT AFFORD NOT TO! Farm animals in the U. Organic produce has more vitamins than its conventionally grown cousins. Not everyone has the determination to become Vegan. Still. begin their menstrual periods at an average of age of 11 and sometimes as early as 7. are injected with hormones. or patrolling the body for cancer cells. If you choose to continue consuming animal products.  Organic farming practices help protect our water resources. Reducing your exposure to these toxins can improve your health. 4. Research has shown that chemicals used in fertilizers. healthy environment. meat. independent family farms. some people eliminate toxins well.S.  Buying organic supports small. I see many instances of 12-year old children living in 17-year old bodies. steroids and antibiotics to prevent disease and promote rapid growth. which is one of the reasons why there has been an increase in antibiotic resistant bacterial infections. the body needs to expend energy to eliminate toxins when it could be doing other things such as healing damaged cells. The residue of all of these chemicals remains in the food. Other Reasons to Consume Organic Foods:  Organic farming meets the needs of the present without compromising the needs of future generations. chicken. etc. etc). the longer an individual's exposure to sex hormones (estrogen for women and testosterone for men). a recipe for disaster due to lack of maturity. Another problem associated with early sexual maturation is increased opportunity for pregnancy in children. the average age is 17. including infertility. resulting in a much longer exposure time to estrogen for American women as opposed to Chinese women. Girls in the U.P a g e | 83 found to be carcinogenic. most of the antibiotics manufactured worldwide are injected into farm animals. There is a corresponding higher rate of breast cancer in American women as compared to Chinese women. First. birth defects. True. Look at this comparison chart. particularly in the U.S. while in rural China. ranging from mild to severe. This is a problem for many reasons. Another byproduct of consuming these growth promoters is early sexual maturation in children.  Organic agriculture increases the land's productivity. (1) 2.S. the higher the rate of certain forms of cancer. fighting off viruses and bacteria. In fact. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins .  Growing organically supports a biologically diverse. herbicites. can cause health issues. Organic food does taste better! 5. 3.  Organic production limits toxic and long-lasting chemicals in our environment. you must make sure to consume ONLY organic animal products (organic eggs.

a dependency was created on these synthetically produced fossil-fuel based variations. For additional information about the Organic Rule. chemical weaponry as the inspiration for modern agriculture doesn't seem such a strange concept. P. nitrogen-based fertilizer was developed. their rich mineral content in turn fertilizes the soil.g. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . Using only these three elements. it was not only possible to grow crops but also to do it at a very fast pace. Organic products meet stringent USDA standards. and by that I mean that we need to think about future generations and their well-being and not only ourselves. By that is meant growing only one field crop. Additional Reading Bringing the Culture Back in Agriculture [Exerpts from the article. Buying organic is a direct investment in the long-term future of our planet. It is not surprising. corn or wheat. and potassium (K). The letters N.usda. Mono cultures meant the end of the use of natural ecosystems in agriculture. The idea was to maximize profits with minimal means. Mono cultures and artificial fertilizer were hailed as the solution for the world food problem. Through a clever propaganda campaign. scientists were led to develop nitrogenbased fertilizer for agricultural purposes. In order to achieve higher yields faster. you can read it in its entirety by clicking on the link.gov/nop. Encouraged by the success of nitrogen bombs in the First World War. and K stand for three elements: nitrogen (N). contact the USDA's National Organic Program at 202-720-3252 or visit www. When these plants die. allowing them to uptake minerals from underneath the topsoil. Oil is a major waster of fossil fuels and many wars have been fought over oil. that these powerful companies enjoy warm ties with the arms industry. Organic farmers preserve diversity of plant species. which works with ecosystems based on synergy and complex wholes.P a g e | 84     Organic farmers are less reliant on non-renewable fossil fuels.] After the turn of the previous century there was a lot of experimentation with mono cultures. therefore. The Iraq war comes to mind as a recent example. This is a principle that goes against nature. whereby plants work together and support one another. The funding came from petrochemical companies whose goal it was to make the national and international economy entirely dependent on gas and other fossil fuels. Seen in this light. The scientists were told to figure out the minimum amount of elements to achieve plant growth. The NPK method was the result. In Conclusion No matter what you do in your life. e. always do it with tomorrow in your mind.ams. to which the chemical companies held the patent. Some plants root deeper than others. phosporus (P).

These became the infamous pesticides. the killing of nutrients. It's not as if we couldn't have known. In the 1930s. had alarming conclusions and has become known as Senate Document 264. It warned about a health crisis of unprecedented proportions if these practices were to continue. Mother nature simply does not allow large concentrations of weak organisms to survive. It appeared fast growth was not healthy growth. as these crops were attacked by mother nature's cleanup crew: insects. diabetes. Their origin? Nerve gas. and food and oil getting scarce. NPK farming and the pharmaceutical industry was then allowed to thrive. fungi. which came out in 1936. herbicides. Originally they were nothing but diluted nerve gas (by now it may not surprise you to find out that the basis of chemo therapy is actually mustard gas). viruses. Humans and animals eating these crops will experience the same poisoning and exhaustion. Document 264 was subsequently disregarded. toxic foods. Congress had an official investigation done into NPK-based agricultural practices. By selling farmers artificial fertilizer to grow their crops and pesticides to fight off unwanted intruders. So was the incidence of cancer. the health of these crops left a lot to be desired. while the petrochemical companies have only gotten richer and more powerful. which can only be described with yet another 'cide': nutricide. Thus a system was created in which people were first made sick with non-nutritional. after which the same companies presented the 'solution' Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . we are seeing food and oil prices rising. and through bribes got a majority of senators on their side. however. fungicides. cardiovascular disease. a disastrous cycle was created. Though the NPK method was capable of producing large-scale mono cultures. Crops grown in this manner are mere holograms: from the outside they may look like food. The world hunger problem has never been resolved. but in reality these weakened. Let's continue with our history lesson. By replacing mother nature's rich menu of minerals with only three synthetic elements and by 'treating' crops with highly toxic pesticides at various growth stages. however. and other modern welfare diseases which followed as a result. 'weeds'. among which cancer. pumped-up crops lack nutritional content. The scientists looked again to the weapons industry to find something with which to battle these 'pests' and other unwanted garbage men of mother nature. Who wouldn't want that? These days. soils have been poisoned and exhausted. Most readers here are aware that our soils have become depleted and acidified.P a g e | 85 No longer would anyone have to be hungry because we were now able to grow food on a massive scale. and other pathogens. however. How this came to be is not known to everyone. and other 'cides'. The report. The highly powerful chemical industry managed to successfully lobby lawmakers. The one-sidedness of mono cultures and artificial fertilizer as well as the destructive nature of pesticides have brought about a serious depletion of our soils' mineral content.

Chemical 'treatment' from the cradle to the grave. they have been buying up seed stocks in order to genetically modify and patent them. One cannot imagine a greater dependence on an industry which not only aims to control our energy reserves. Monsanto. which gave us Agent Orange and DDT. You read it right. they are resistant to their feared Roundup pesticide. in fact. be patented.P a g e | 86 with medicines manufactured by their pharmaceutical branches. Why have we allowed to let it come this far in 100 years' time? We are now living the health crisis Senate Document 264 warned us about. but our food reserves as well. For years. making the pesticide the fertilizer! Monsanto also has the technology to insert a so-called 'suicide gene' into their seeds. the seeds have been manipulated in such a way that crops cannot grow without being sprayed with Roundup. i. is leading this dangerous game. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . but nature reworked can. so that farmers can get only one harvest out of them. Since the 1970s these same chemical giants have been genetically engineering crops in order to gain patents on 'new' seeds whose genetic structure has been altered. Monsanto's seeds are 'Roundup ready'.e. forcing farmers to buy new seeds each year. There is nothing natural about GMOs as only through pathogens such as viruses and cancer cells are they able to penetrate cells to alter their gene structure. Monsanto is taking this idea even further. There is no patent on nature.

P a g e | 87 Appendix E: Truth about Microwaves Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins .

I had not even a slightest clue of what a microwave oven was. As you already know. We would often invite people over—it seemed that "show and tell" [i. Since then I have not missed having a microwave at all. A few of years ago. I am a proponent of consuming unaltered fresh fruits and vegetables. a bit bewildered. she will get little to no of the benefits of vitamins and nutrients that could be found in a fresh form of the same food. knowing that by the time the baby was going to consume that food. Growing up in the former USSR. I believe it was squash or something of sorts. We immediately removed our microwave from the kitchen. we did not know any better. One time my niece and a couple of her friends came over for dinner. Unfortunately for us. Let’s get to my research. They brought along a beautiful toddler. so we quickly adapted to the American dietary lifestyle. Her mother proceeded to go into our kitchen. and. It was not until my family immigrated to the USA that we discovered the modern-daymarvel..e. eat and talk] was so much easier than just telling the story alone. Let me tell you why. through provoking and even humorous.. and food in general. (a holy cow. She seemed confused. She asked me how we warm up our foods. I saw the little girl’s mom pull out a jar of “baby food”. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . When we sat down to eat. Everything inside of me protested. I saw her looking around. since microwaves are considered to be a necessity. I went back to the old conventional style of warming up our foods: stovetop. I discovered the truth about microwaves. really) we made sure to have one our kitchen. Old fashioned? No! Not at all. Many such "show and tell" (or "blab and grab") visits were quite interesting. I knew immediately what she was looking for… a MICROWAVE. when I was researching all I could about nutrition. as you can guess. The mom was surprised to see that we did not have one.P a g e | 88 When we first started our health journey we had MANY questions from friends and relatives. so she twirled on her toes to see if she was missing something.

6. particularly:  A decrease in the bioavailability of B-complex vitamins. 5. plus a general degeneration of peripheral cellular tissues with a gradual breakdown of digestive and excretory system function.P a g e | 89 Why Russians BANNED Microwaves After the World War II. who gathered much of the results of Russian and German research . 2. Due to chemical alterations within food substances. Byelorussia.elements within frozen fruits when thawed in this way. Microwaves altered catabolic behavior of plant-alkaloids when raw. leading to disorders in the digestive system. From 1957 up to recently. 1:42-3) . Ingestion of micro-waved foods caused a higher percentage of cancerous cells in blood. the Russians experimented with microwave ovens. vitamin E. vitamin C. Those ingesting microwaved foods showed a statistically higher incidence of stomach and intestinal cancers.the following effects were observed by Russian forensic teams: 1. Nat. their research has been carried out mainly at the Institute of Radio Technology at Klinsk. Heating prepared meats in a microwave sufficiently for human consumption created:  d-Nitrosodiethanolamine (a well-known cancer-causing agent)  Destabilization of active protein biomolecular compounds  Creation of a binding effect to radioactivity in the atmosphere  Creation of cancer-causing agents within protein-hydrosylate compounds in milk and cereal grains. cooked or frozen vegetables were exposed for even very short periods. Microwave emissions also caused alteration in the catabolic (breakdown) behavior of glucoside . essential minerals and lipotrophics  Destruction of the nutritional value of nucleoproteins in meats  Lowering of the metabolic activity of alkaloids.and was apparently prosecuted for doing so (J. The unstable catabolism of microwaved foods altered their elemental food substances.and galactoside . glucosides. 1998. 9. 7. especially in raw root vegetables. Cancer-causing free radicals were formed within certain trace-mineral molecular formations in plant substances. 4. 3. According to US researcher William Kopp. Sci. galactosides and nitrilosides (all basic plant substances in fruits and vegetables) Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . causing degeneration of the immune system's capacity to protect itself against cancerous growth. malfunctions occurred in the lymphatic system. Microwave exposure caused significant decreases in the nutritional value of all foods studied. 8.

Unfortunately. considered a carcinogen. Claire Nelson learned that di(ethylhexyl)adepate (DEHA).000. Three years later. Although she had an idea for studying the effect of microwave radiation on plastic Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins .000 Times FDA Limits of Carcinogens! As a seventh grade student. As a result microwave ovens were banned in Russia in 1976. Claire set out to test what the FDA had not. She also learned that the FDA had never studied the effect of microwave cooking on plastic-wrapped food. with encouragement from her high school science teacher.P a g e | 90  Marked acceleration of structural disintegration in all foods. the ban was lifted after Perestroika. Microwaved Plastic Wrap has 10. is found in plastic wrap.

may take a few minutes longer. In infant formulas. but it is much safer".. Claire tested four different plastic wraps and "found not just the carcinogens but also xenoestrogen was migrating [into the oil]. Jon Wilkes at the National Center for Toxicological Research agreed to help her.. worked as a food scientist for many years with one of the major Swiss food companies that do business on a global scale.. let her use its facilities to perform her experiments. Heating the bottle in a microwave can cause slight changes in the milk. May 2000.05 parts per billion. Hans Ulrich Hertel.. published by People Against Cancer. then testing it on your wrist before feeding. 515-972-4444. The FDA standard is 0. An article in Options reported "her analysis found that DEHA was migrating into the oil at between 200 parts and 500 parts per million. Warming a bottle by holding it under tap water or by setting it in a bowl of warm water. that's what the FDA says! Uninformed Public A little evidence of the harm caused by microwaving cooking was given by the University of Minnesota in a radio announcement: "Microwaves . Throughout her junior and senior years. The research center..000. she did not have the equipment. there may be a loss of some vitamins. unfortunately. Dr. Claire made a couple of trips each week to the research center.000 Times FDA Limits" Options. A few years ago. who is now retired.Texas) as a senior. which was 25 miles from her home. Interestingly enough. which is affiliated with the FDA. but the liquid inside may become extremely hot and could burn the baby's mouth and throat. are not recommended for heating a baby's bottle. they do not discourage): “Cover the dish with a lid or plastic wrap.." Xenoestrogens are linked to low sperm counts in men and to breast cancer in women. In expressed breast milk.. Claire Nelson received the American Chemical Society's top science prize for students during her junior year and fourth place at the International Science and Engineering Fair (Fort Worth..P a g e | 91 wrapped food. to work on her experiment.. Eventually. some protective properties may be destroyed. which involved microwaving plastic wrap in virgin olive oil.” Yes. Allow enough space between the food and the top of the dish so that plastic wrap does not touch the food. The Swiss Clinical Study Dr.. The bottle may seem cool to the touch." Her summarized results have been published in science journals. "Carcinogens—At 10. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . when I went to USDA web-site here is what the mention about microwave cooking (which.

3. Bernard H. Dr. raw milk. Hertel was the first scientist to conceive and carry out aquality clinical study on the effects microwaved nutrients have on the blood and physiology of the human body. In intervals of two to five days. On the cover of the magazine there was a picture of the Grim Reaper holding a microwave oven in one of his hands. His small but well controlled study showed thedegenerative force produced in microwave ovens and the food processed in them. The scientific conclusion showed that microwave cooking changed the nutrients in the food. the volunteers in the study received one of the following food variants on an empty stomach: 1. pasteurized milk. Blanc of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and the University Institute for Biochemistry. 4. changes took place in theparticipants' blood that could cause deterioration in the human system. Hertel's scientific study was done along with Dr. The research paper itself followed the article. 7. An article also appeared in issue 19 of the Journal Franz Weber in which it was stated that the consumption of food cooked in microwave ovens had cancerous effects on the blood. and. and Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . he and a Lausanne University professor published a research paper indicating that food cooked in microwave ovens could pose a greater risk to health than food cooked by conventional means. the same raw milks cooked in a microwave oven. 5. raw vegetables from an organic farm. 2.P a g e | 92 he was fired from his job for questioning certain processing procedures that denatured the food. In 1991. the same vegetables frozen and defrosted in a microwave oven. the same vegetables cooked conventionally. the same milk conventionally cooked. 6.

molecules. The apparent additional energy exhibited by the luminescent bacteria was merely an extra confirmation. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . blood samples were taken at defined intervals after eating from the above milk or vegetable preparations. Then. Technically produced microwaves are based on the principle of alternating current. Leukocytes are often signs of pathogenic effects on the living system. There is extensive scientific literature concerning the hazardous effects of direct microwave radiation on living systems. Atoms.P a g e | 93 8. and cells hit by this hard electromagnetic radiation are forced to reverse polarity 1-100 billion times a second. to realize how little effort has been taken to replace this detrimental technique of microwaves with technology more in accordance with nature. The increase of leukocytes with the microwaved foods were more pronounced than with all the other variants. Significant changes were discovered in the blood samples from the intervals following the foods cooked in the microwave oven. It appears that these marked increases were caused entirely by ingesting the microwaved substances. Additionally. there was a highly significant association between the amount of microwave energy in the test foods and the luminous power of luminescent bacteria exposed to serum from test persons who ate that food. Hertel "Leukocytosis. Each of these indicators pointed to degeneration. the same vegetables cooked in the microwave oven. is taken very seriously by hemotologists. such as poisoning and cell damage. especially the ratio of HDL (good cholesterol) and LDL (bad cholesterol) values. These changes included a decrease in all hemoglobin and cholesterol values. This process is based on physical principles and has already been confirmed in the literature. This led Dr. which cannot be accounted for by normal daily deviations. It is astonishing. be passed along to man inductively via eating microwaved food. blood samples were taken from every volunteer immediately before eating. According to Dr. Once the volunteers were isolated. therefore. Lymphocytes (white blood cells) showed a more distinct short-term decrease following the intake of microwaved food than after the intake of all the other variants. indeed. Hertel to the conclusion that such technically derived energies may.

baked or other conventionally cooked foods. destructive power for any extended period of time. called radiolytic compounds. In addition to the violent frictional heat effects. there are also athermic effects which have hardly ever been taken into account. the very life of the cells. fungi and other microorganisms.P a g e | 94 There are no atoms. molecules are forcefully deformed. and thus become impaired in quality. called structural isomerism.friction from this violence in water molecules. also occur in the molecules of foods cooked in a microwave oven. between the outer and inner side of the cell membranes. called thermic effects. Because of the force involved. but they can also deform the structures of molecules and have qualitative consequences. not even in the low energy range of milliwatts. This is contrary to conventional heating of food where heat transfers convectionally from without to within. The natural repair mechanisms are suppressed and cells are forced to adapt to a state of energy emergency . As you can imagine they have all of the financial reasons in the world to carry on with such statements. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . Impaired cells become easy prey for viruses.the oxygen of water molecules reacts most sensitively. Microwaving also creates new compounds. molecules or cells of any organic system able to withstand such a violent. the cell poisons hydrogen peroxide and carbon monoxide are produced. These athermic effects are not presently measurable." The same violent deformations that occur in our bodies. Instead of water and carbon dioxide. Cooking by microwaves begins within the cells and molecules where water is present and where the energy is transformed into frictional heat. when we are directly exposed to radar or microwaves. For example the weakening of cell membranes by microwaves is used in the field of gene altering technology. Structures of molecules are torn apart. This is how microwave cooking heat is generated . the cells are actually broken. Of all the natural substances .they switch from aerobic to anaerobic respiration. This radiation results in the destruction and deformation of food molecules. which are unknown fusions not found in nature. Microwave oven manufacturers insist that microwaved and irradiated foods do not have any significantly higher radiolytic compounds than do broiled. Radiolytic compounds are created by molecular decomposition—decay—as a direct result of radiation.which are polar . thereby neutralizing the electrical potentials.

known as FEA. They forced the President of the Court of Seftigen. Hertel compensation. In America. was contrary to the right to freedom of expression. However. the Swiss Association of Dealers for Electro-apparatuses for Households and Industry. Since people ingest this altered food. Hertel was convicted for "interfering with commerce" and prohibited from further publishing his results. shouldn't there be concern for how the same decayed molecules will affect our own human biological cell structure? Industry's Action to Hide the Truth As soon as Doctors Hertel and Blanc published their results. Hertel stood his ground and fought this decision over the years. Isn't that a bit odd? They're more concerned with studies on what happens if the door on a microwave oven doesn't close properly. Not long ago. The European Court of Human Rights held that there had been a violation of Hertel's rights in the 1993 decision. neither universities nor the federal government have conducted any tests concerning the effects on our bodies from eating microwaved foods. Switzerland was ordered to pay Dr. Dr. Once again. to issue a "gag order" against Drs. Hertel and Blanc. In March 1993. Canton of Bern. 1998.P a g e | 95 The scientific clinical evidence presented here has shown that this is simply a lie. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . prohibiting him from declaring that microwave ovens are dangerous to human health. In addition. A powerful trade organization. the authorities reacted. Austria. Hertel. on August 25. Dr. The European Court of Human Rights also ruled that the "gag order" issued by the Swiss court in 1992 against Dr. struck swiftly in 1992. this decision was reversed in a judgment delivered in Strasbourg. common sense tells us that their attention should be centered on what happens to food cooked inside a microwave oven.

The following is a summary of the Russian investigations published by the Atlantis Raising Educational Center in Portland. • Decrease in nutritional value • Russian researchers also reported a marked acceleration of structural degradation leading to a decreased food value of 60 to 90% in all foods tested.Microwave Ovens.e. No test food was subjected to more microwaving than necessary to accomplish the purpose. Oregon. cooking. harms food. such as alkaloids. galactosides and nitrilosides. a well-known carcinogen. thawing. and converts substances cooked in it to dangerous organ-toxic and carcinogenic products. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . Carcinogens were formed in virtually all foods tested. vitamin C. or heating to insure sanitary ingestion. Among the changes observed were: Deceased bio-availability of vitamin B complex. i. Various kinds of damaged to many plant substances. especially root vegetables. vitamin E. • Carcinogenic free radicals were formed in microwaved plants. essential minerals and lipotropics factors in all food tested. • Microwaving milk and cereal grains converted some of their amino acids into carcinogens. and in the March and September 1991 issues of Earthletter. Here's a summary of some of the results: • Microwaving prepared meats sufficiently to insure sanitary ingestion caused formation of d-Nitrosodienthanolamines. Health Effects of Microwave Radiation .P a g e | 96 Carcinogens in Microwaved Food In Dr. glucosides. she stated that every microwave oven leaks electro-magnetic radiation.. • Extremely short exposure of raw. • Thawing frozen fruits converted their glucoside and galactoside containing fractions into carcinogenic substances. Lita Lee's book. Further research summarized in this article reveal that microwave ovens are far more harmful than previously imagined. cooked or frozen vegetables converted their plant alkaloids into carcinogens.

permanent] within the human body. In fact.P a g e | 97 • The degradation of nucleo-proteins in meats. What about you? If you are still in doubt look what a simple experiment with microwave water did to these plants: Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . I hope that having read all the facts I presented to you. I did! And I have not missed microwaves in the least. 3. 2. The effects of microwaved food by-products areresidual [long term. Russian and German scientific clinical studies. emotional instability. and possibly. vitamins. even though unknowingly. Continual ingestion of microwaved food causes immune system deficiencies through lymph gland and blood serum alterations. and nutrients of all microwaved food is reduced or altered so that the human body gets little or no benefit. 8. 5. and especially American society?] 4. I would rather eat cold food than poison myself with warm carcinogens. The minerals in vegetables are altered intocancerous free radicals when cooked in microwave ovens. 9. 10. The human body cannot metabolize [break down] the unknown by-products created in microwaved food. Male and female hormone production is shut down and/or altered by continually eating microwaved foods. would you still do it? How about your children? I am sure that the answer is NO! But this is in fact exactly what we do. we can no longer ignore the microwave oven sitting in our kitchens. you will ask yourself whether you can now continue to use microwave ovens and harm your. Continually eating food processed from a microwave oven causes long term permanent -brain damage by "shorting out" electrical impulses in the brain [depolarizing or de-magnetizing the brain tissue]. [Have you ever wondered why there are so many hormonal issues in the modern. concentration. Microwaved foods cause stomach and intestinal cancerous growths [tumors]. Based on this research. I will conclude this article with the following: 1. Minerals. This may explain the rapidly increased rate of colon cancer in America. Reasons to Throw out your Microwave Oven From the conclusions of the Swiss. My hope is that having read these facts you will be ready to make a change. 7. 6. Eating microwaved food causes loss of memory. The prolonged eating of microwaved foods causes cancerous cells to increase in human blood. or the human body absorbs altered compounds that cannot be broken down. and a decrease of intelligence. your family's bodies and future? If you knew you were serving a cancer on a plate to your loved one.

Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins .P a g e | 98 How to Warm up your Food: Alternatives Very simple. you will take the time to consider longlasting effects of microwaved foods on your body. you can do it on a stove. It will take only minutes longer. using a pan or a skillet. but after a short while you won’t even miss the microwave oven any more. In Conclusion I hope that as you taken the time to read this post. One of my friends once said: We should spend at least as much time thinking about what you put in your body as you do when it come to what you put in your car. or in a conventional oven.

P a g e | 99 Appendix E: Natural & Safe Family Planning Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins .

Mirena and other similar devices prevent an already fertilized egg from implanting into the womb. such as tube ligation and inserting things like Mirena or a Nuva ring. wait. leaving her feeling lonely and even abandoned. when hormones are changing. or it can leave the child. including depression. for the woman. and ectopic pregnancies. Biologically females are made to experience the peak of their sexuality and sexual fulfillment right around the time of ovulation. birth control makes things ever worse. thus leaving the woman lacking what God intended for her to enjoy as much as her spouse—a loving.. Instruments of Torture Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . as you read in the first part of this report. There are doctors who would under no circumstances prescribe Mirena to their patients because they too believe that life begins at conception. who is lucky enough to make it. But. Even tube ligation and devices like Mirena can cause a lot of harm. fulfilling sex life. handicapped physically or mentally. thus causing a mini-abortion. In a sense she is stuck in an eternal winter season of her cycle. as well as increase chances of various ailments. having internal procedures. lack of sex drive. are unnatural. It can even cause death to the female taking it and a child who might be conceived while she is on it.. if conceived while the mother is still on birth control. It is hard to believe that this would be the way God intended for a marital relationship to blossom.P a g e | 100 Birth control medication has the power to inflict unbearable physical and emotions agony. would be natural? All forms of birth control. Tube ligations cause hormone imbalance in women and all side effects that come with it. Many couples do not know of this unintended consequence. otherwise they would steer clear of it. except for Natural Family Planning. Who would ever think that popping pills that compromise a woman's health for years. When on birth control the process is suppressed. In addition to these evils [that's what they are] it places and undue pressure on the woman to be the only responsible party for fertility.

as well as some of the OBGYN offices. Our intimacy has soared to new heights. Pregnancy Achievement. Here are some reference sites for Creighton Model method: www. Now we don't only live medication free. and we shall never look back. It deals with the WHYs of natural family planning. takes only 2-5 minutes from our daily lives [if that].com www. We combined both methods. He. when I discovered the truth about all side-effects of birth control. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . 10th Anniversary Edition: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control. I no longer wanted to be a victim of modern advancements and he did not want me to suffer and feel alone or unsatisfied on our marriage.com www. We observe my temperature and cervical fluid for accuracy. The wonderful part is that some churches offer not only the materials but a guided training [classes] that couples can take together [married or engaged couples]. if participating. Make sure to listed to it with your spouse. wanted his wife to be happy and fulfilled. We looked for options that would still allow us to plan our family and keep the joys of intimacy alive. if you are planning to get married. Who knew it would be as easy as adhering to our natural biology. PhD. of. Hubby and I wanted to get away from it as fast and far away as possible. taught mostly by the Catholic church. as many great husbands out there.P a g e | 101 On my journey.com www. It's a great addition to other mentioned materials. but we are also free of fear of side effects and causing an unintended miscarriage or risking my life. My husband is now involved in our family planning as much as I am.creightonmodel. by Janet E Smith. Creighton Model Fertility Care method materials can easily be obtained through a local Catholic church. I also read a wonderful book on natural family planning: Taking Charge of Your Fertility. with your fiancé. I hope that you will consider doing the same. and saves us money and health.naprotechnology. and Reproductive Health. We came across a wonderful program. known as the Creighton Model Fertility method.org Another great resource that further explains the dangers of birth control is a CD titled: One More Soul: Contraception Why Not. Contact the Webmaster of the linked site to see how you can order a copy. That is exactly what Hubby and I did.popepaulvi.fertilitycare. It is easy. We are truly a team and equal partners in our marriage.

P a g e | 102 Appendix F: Importance of vitamin B-12 Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins .

In other times I don’t simply waste my time. until I tire my brain. neck. Not wanting to keep my hubby up I retreated to the study. I could not fall asleep. still held a full-time job and had my own life to run. I developed a muscle/nerve spasm. who lived in a different state and was fighting Parkinson’s disease. including auto-immune diseases. I finally gave up. Part I: B-12 Deficiency–A Road to Recovery Sleepless nights are not always bad. so I decided to research it. I cannot stress the importance of vitamin B-12 enough to everyone. when my hubby ended up in a hospital with a brain cyst and had to have 3 surgeries.vega-licious. so they have a personal story line. abs. and right shoulder blade and leg. Unfortunately it persisted. As you will read through each part of the B-12 topic. That specific night something that had puzzled me for some time came flooding into my mind. in fact they can be blessings in disguise. and especially to the vegan/vegetarian community. jobs.com. I felt overwhelmed. To avoid the subject is simply to do the biggest disservice to our and our family's health. I am adding each post under a different section [Part #] for my readers' benefit. On an average I totaled 4-5 hrs of sleep for at least a month and a half. suffered a stroke. We had two separate lives. At the same time my father. because hubby just ended up in the hospital at the same time. and our budding romance was just taking root. I journal. a personal assistant. I also felt guilty and stressed because I could not be there to help my two wonderful sisters to take care of Dad. and his family lived in yet a different state. in the span of 2-3 months. two separate homes. Overnight I became a nurse. Stress–the Silent Killer It was 10 years ago. try as I might. That was before we were married. that radiated in my forehead. and spread into my right ear. So it was for me last week. arms. I knew it must have been due to stress. and accounts. that I became his primary caregiver. if I have any deep thoughts or feel inspired. but busy myself with things that matter. and thought that given time it will subside and go away. Being so far away and being unable to take off to see him. cancer and infertility. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . you will certainly realize the necessity for something that can simply resolve so many threatening health issues.P a g e | 103 The information below was a series of posts published on www. Stress Related Spasms Slowly. aka–my home office--nights as such. and only got worse with time.

one stroke after another. As it pulled me in closer into its merciless embrace. which I will address at a Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . before I even knew. praying. They were there all the time. and 2) using birth control and other medications. I was cognizant that my nerve spasms began way before I became vegan. Thankfully by 2004 my forehead stopped spasming. spasms moved into the other. the more I felt that it would be impossible for me to have B5 deficiency. I did not start it when I first changed my diet.P a g e | 104 The spasms. as I might. Could it Be? So. but the more I researched it the more I knew it could not be due to my nutrient rich diet… in addition to that. was vitamin B-12. At first I thought I could control them–after all it was not only inconvenient but also embarrassing. so I had to look into my past to connect it to my present. otherwise I would fix anything that could be fixed. Crossing Wires The best way I can describe my situation to you is that if you imagine having wires that were stripped of their coating in some places. the sleeplessness welcomed me into its arms. If I could hold them off for a few seconds. out of nowhere I know. vitamins and minerals. high and prolonged stress can deplete B12 storage. Reasons for my B-12 Deficiency The only suspicions I had as to what could cause B-12 deficiencies in me would be: 1) stress. so they ignored it. the thoughts of possible B5 deficiency came to mind. or psyching myself out of it. the supplements she prescribed to help me did nothing. which would cross once in a while. My suspicions were quickly confirmed–indeed. Try. of my issue being tied to B-12 deficiency was almost undeniable. The possibility. made me sink into the chair. as I identified it above. Then. I consulted with doctors and NDs. and more likely probability. parts of my body. such as antibiotics. Knowing that I had no control over my body kept pushing me to research this issue more and made me think that there is some sort of deficiency in me. What flashed in front of my eyes. In further evaluating my problem. last week. and was not always faithful in doing so. they eventually had its way with my muscles and nerves. stayed. creating an energy shortage and sparks–that’s how it felt in my body. but as that stopped. One did mention that it might be B5 deficiency. as you can imagine nothing helped–and most did not even know what to tell me. but got worse when I was tired or under a lot of stress. I did supplement with B-12. or even a minute. no amount of self control. except maybe from God Himself. The more research I did. what could I possibly be deficient in?” The only think I knew that vegans might lack. however. a thought struck me: “given my diet and lifestyle. but. I could not control the spasm. once they reared their ugly heads. above mentioned. my fingers were typing away. As the thought dawned on my. not to mention other nutrients.

there was a temporary relief and hope. could other remaining symptoms that I still carried from my old lifestyle. but for now I will run down through B-12 deficiency side effects/symptoms. However. Although I was still an omnivore at the time when these issues began to happen. I am sure you are curious to know about all of my symptoms. along with other factors that I will mention in my future posts. smooth tongue Brittle nails Burning feeling in the feet Chest pain Chronic fatique Claminess Confusion [mental] Constipation              Coronary artery disease Damage to optic nerve Damaged nerves Dandruff. as well as scalp scaliness Dark under eye circles [possibility. The Truth Shall Set Me Free! Faced with this information. confirms that it is not only the vegan and vegetarian populations that could fall prey to B-12 deficiencies. also deplete B-12 in our systems. maybe there could be a different underlying issue. I will also update this list with time. it was obvious that the amounts I did take were insufficient to replenish what I had lost. My next query was. Vitamin B-12 Deficiency Symptoms:                Abnormal reflexes Anemia Anisocytosis Anovulation Apathy Ataxia [in children] Bleeding gums Bright red. along with some immunization shots and other meds. With these numbers and facts it could hardly be a coincidence. Once B-12 vitamin has been depleted it has to be replenished aggressively. the likelihood of B-12 deficiency in me would be more probable. especially combine with vitamin K and other vitamin B deficiencies] Delusions Dementia Depression Developmental delays Developmental regression Diarrhea Dizziness Easy bruising Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . (This. and one day I will tell you about all. I don’t think I was surprised when 9 out of 10 remaining symptoms had checked off against B-12 deficiencies list.) It was not until my vegan days that I even thought to supplement with B-12. or perhaps it could no longer be properly assimilated. listed in alphabetical order for easier reference. be contributed to B-12 deficiency? If they could be connected to the same source. My study further revealed that birth control medications and antibiotics.P a g e | 105 different time. If it were 1 or even 3 symptoms. apparently no amount of animal B-12 was sufficient to do so. but 9-out of10… hardly.

ADHD.Page | 1                                      Enlargement of the mucous membranes of the mouth. weak [chronically] Fever Forgetfulness Frequent upper respiratory infections Gastritis Gastrointestinal problems Geographic/sore tongue Hair loss Hallucinations Headaches Hepatomegaly Hypothyroid [B12 can be low in hypothyroid patients due to low stomach acid] Hypotonia Impaired mental function Importance Increased bleeding Increased susceptibility to infection Incontinence [urinary/fecal] Infertility Intellectual disorders Involuntary movements Irrational anger Irritability Insomnia Lack of energy Language delay [in children] Leukopenia Lightheadedness Loss of appetite/weight loss or anorexia Low energy Low platelets                                          Low sperm count Low white blood cell count Lower IQ [in children] Macrocytic anemia Mania Memory loss Mental fog Mental retardation [in children] Miscarriages Misdiagnosed MS. tingling of extemeties Obsessive-compulsive behavior Orthostatic hypotension Ovalocytes Osteoporosis Pallor Palpitations Pancytopenia Paralysis Paranoia Pernicious anemia Personality changes Pins and needles sensation Poikilocytosis Poor head growth [in children] Poor socialization [in children] Poor motor skills [in children] Poor weight gain [in children] Poor wound healing Post-partum depression Premature graying of hair Psychological conditions Psychosis Seizures Sever muscular cramps Shaking Shortness of breath Sleep disorders Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . vagina. Autism. and stomach Excessive/abnormal sweating Exertional Dyspneal Failure to thrive [in children] Falls Fatigue Feeling tired. Alzheimer’s Muscle fatigue Nausea Nerve damage Numbness.

one of which I mentioned in my previous post: Could it Be B12? Now. Meanwhile I had called my physician and scheduled an appointment to get tested for B-12 level through B-12 serum test and Urinary MMA test [I will talk about various tests later as well]. but there is a possibility. and reading not only various forums and sites. B-12 deficiency can be treated quickly and efficiently with injections. However. so you don’t want to miss even one of these posts… trust me on it. In the next few days I will explore the topic of B-12 deficiency in depth. There is hope for me to be 100% “normal”! Having reversed hypothyroidism. if you find checking off more than a few things from this list. I learned that. The list I compiled comes from research.Page | 2         Sleepiness Sore tongue/Glossitis Soreness of the mouth Speech problems [in children] Splenomegaly Syncope Tachycardia Tingling. if caught on time. it is time to pay attention and schedule an appointment with your doctor. but a couple of books. numbness in hands and feet        Tinnitus [ringing or roaring in the ears] Tremor Thrombocytopenia Violent behavior Vision changes Weakness Weight loss This list is by no means complete. along with other Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . Avoid Self-Treatments When I first came upon this information I became CRAZY with excitement. so it is worth checking into it. having some of these symptoms does not necessarily mean that you are B-12 deficient.

if you are like me–ready to jump to action. The nerve/muscle in my ear has become calm and relaxed. So. according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. is the one that is essential for neurological health. before realizing that I should wait until after tests to help myself. and as that happens. the best way to be treated will be through injections. making me feel so much more normal. particularly in your extremities. or loss of the myelin sheaths that coat nerve cells. muscles and connective tissues. It is barely spasming at all now. they have the same effect as would Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . and of nerves. The nervous system is made up of the spinal cord. so the same night I popped in SEVERAL of them into my mouth. B-12 Vitamin and Nervous System Source The nervous system is responsible for communication with your brain. If you are indeed B-12 deficient. to get what I so quickly put into my system out. which involves speed or cognitive activity and physical reaction. vitamin B12. Vitamin B-12 deficiency may cause neurological symptoms such as numbness and tingling sensations. which extend from the spinal cord to your muscles. what I did in the 34 days of taking in mega doses of B-12 supplement [~5000 mcg/day] did a miracle for me. Now I will have to wait an extra week. bones.Page | 1 ailments. until I tell you about your best options]. So. It transmits signals to your brain to communicate information about internal and external stimuli. Deficiency of dietary vitamin B-12 may result in demyelination. I wish I had waited to be tested to be treated. also known as cobalamin. what is most likely happening in my body is that some of my nerves are becoming demyelinated. Although it is amazing how only 3-4 days of supplementing made me feel. so that the tests would not be skewed. Of the B vitamins. It also coats the nerve bundles that make up your spinal cord. be patient–wait to be diagnosed. as I did for the following 3-4 days. Vitamin B-12 is necessary for the production of myelin in your body. however. Demyelination may impair psychomotor activity. bones. I already felt AMAZING compared to the years of misery. It just happened that I had a bottle of B-12 supplements at home [please don't rush out to buy any yet. As for me. which I will discuss in the later posts. but to finish the circle of my healing would be an answer to my prayers. I stopped as quickly as I started. the nerves. which runs from your brain through your spine. Myelin forms a protective sheath that helps protect nerves against damage from toxins in your body. A severe deficiency of this vitamin may result in permanent neurological damage. and when they cross. Myelin is a type of fat that coats the nerve branches that extend to your organs. organs and connective tissues. at least now I have an explanation as to why I was spasming in the first place. and receives messages from your brain to act on these stimuli. much like the wires that I previously mentioned. become exposed.

then for someone you might love or know. 6. it isn’t enough for you to know that there is a problem and you might be able to fix it. The conversation will be worth your attention. today I will touch on Symptom #2: brittle nails. if not for yourself. how you can fix it and. 4. which I love to add to make them fun. I think it is very important to understand: 1. In this post I will embark to explore first four of these topics. shedding more light found in my research and also for ways you. You would also want to know why the problem happened. yourself. can avoid B-12 deficiency. 5. natural nails. and also how to get tested and treated if you happen to be short on this important vitamin B-12. As I am preparing myself for the upcoming lab testing. most importantly. Yesterday I told you about my muscle spasms.Page | 2 happening in electric wires–there is a shortage. Solving Mysteries As much as I enjoy being a detective. how you prevent it from ever happening again. which in turn is causing the spasming in my body. I expect nothing short of a miracle when that happens. most of which checked against B-12 deficiency list. and I will keep you all posted. I told you that there were several annoying symptoms that I was still experiencing. When it comes to understanding and treating vitamin B-12 deficiency. so hang in there. I will continue to post on the subject in the next few days. Part II: What is Vitamin B-12 and how it Works? If you are like me. My entire life I had very strong and considerably beautiful. Symptom #2 Yesterday I embarked on exploring B-12 deficiencies and how B-12 deficiency is potentially affected my own health. how it works. You might not see many photos in these posts. I also promised you that I will tell you about all of them with time. and how you can prevent it from happening again. 2. 3. there is nothing I will enjoy more than confirming my findings and getting immediate treatment–injections and all. but getting the information that I researched and paid for is totally priceless. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . what vitamin B-12 is why it is so different from other vitamins how it works in your system how you can become deficient how you can treat it.

at first I thought that I might be low on iodine.Page | 3 It was not until deep into my fight with hypothyroidism that I noticed my nails change. As my TSH [thyroid marker] numbers improved. I had to rule that out too. so I could not be deficient. It was not until my late night epiphany last week. and only occasionally a couple of others. and coming across information on B-12 deficiency that I came up with a possible explanation for my brittle nails. but with time I had to rule that possibility out. when I made a list of ALL of my remaining health symptoms I could not yet reverse. as prescribed by my ND. A couple of years back I was taking iodine supplementation. And it was not an issue with every single nail either. and eventually started to supplement my diet with iodine rich foods. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . As my diet changed and my overall health improved. just my thumb nails.

if caught in time. Minot and Murphy. The substance found in the liver. It was not until 1960′ s. In 1934 they discovered that a liver. later became identified as vitamin B-12. I will be able to. looking into what caused pernicious anemia. as a results of three scientists– Whipple. however. let’s dive into our topic for today. a very rich source of B12. once and for all. which until the time of their discovery was deadly. What is B-12? Vitamin B-12 was discovered in 1948 in the liver of animals. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins .Page | 4 I am expecting that as I get on treatment for B-12 deficiency after my diagnosis. could be used to treat pernicious anemia (inability of the bloodstream to carry oxygen). that the full chemical structure of B12 was not identified. kiss brittle nails goodbye! For now. When the discovery was made this deadly disease became treatable.

[Source] *this sure helps us understand why the symptoms of B-12 deficiency are so widely varied. our supplies dwindle. is a water soluble vitamin with a key role in the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system. leaving us with a deficiency. but their location makes it difficult for absorption (hence why many vegetarian animals eat their own feces such as rabbits etc). including B vitamins. has been proven to be capable of producing good. It is normally involved in the metabolism of every cell* of the human body. “B-12 is the only vitamin that contains a trace of element–cobalt [thus B-12 is calledcobalamin]. repair damage. The exclusive source of this B-12 vitamin appears to be tiny microorganisms like bacteria. These tiny molecules participate in thousands of chemical reaction that build [our] tissues and organs. provide [us] energy from the food [we] eat. including human beings. and for the formation of blood. How is B-12 Different from Other Vitamins “[Our] bodies need 13 different vitamins to stay alive and remain healthy.” [Source] Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . releases B-12 from protein during digestion. also called cobalamin. Hydrochloric acid in the stomach. usable B-12–after all even animals must get it from some source. and allow [our] cells to communicate with each other.Page | 5 Vitamin B12 [or B-12].” [Source: Can it Be B-12?] It is thought to believe that B-12 is produced in the gut of animals. especially affecting DNA synthesis and regulation. and even some of these sources are not usable by humans–they are known as analogs.” “[Our] bodies cannot make vitamins [on their own]. yeasts. molds. Some (fat-soluble vitamins) can be stored. are water-soluble and need to be “restocked” every day. In reality no plant or animal. such as scurvy or beriberi. but also fatty acid synthesis and energy production. Once released. Vitamin B12 is bound to the protein in food. if your body functions properly. B-12 combines with a substance called intrinsic factor (IF) before it is absorbed into the bloodstream. and algae. protect [us] against infections. but in some it is nothing like the others at all.” [Source: Can it Be B12?] With water-soluble vitamins. so [they] depend on [us] to provide them by eating the right foods. the genetic material in all cells. In some ways it is like the other vitamins. others. making it the only vitamin you cannot get from plants of sunlight. How it Works Vitamin B-12 helps maintain healthy nerve cells and red blood cells and is also needed to make DNA. ”There are bacteria in the colon which are capable of producing B12. clean the toxins from our bodies. if we don’t get enough of them through our food. B-12 is one of the 13 vitamins our bodies need to function. eventually causing deficiency diseases.

vegetarians and omnivores alike. and diseases such as Celiac. are very susceptible to not assimilating B-12 properly. as it happens to a lot of vegans and vegetarians. according to studies. However. I will not belabor you with intricate details of each process–you can find them by ordering Can it Be B12? book–it will be worth every penny you spend on it and then some. as mentioned above]… Researchers found a group of Iranian vegans who showed no signs of B12 deficiency– it was discovered that the reason behind this was that they ate vegetables fertilized with… human feces and then did not sufficiently wash the produce.” and anything that might get in the way of B-12 can cause B-12 malabsorption which will lead to deficiency. who do not properly supplement their diets with proper amounts. animal products]–it’s just that their bodies can’t absorb or use it. you will quickly drift to think that it is only non-animal eating humans who are deficient in this vitamin. If will suffice for me to tell you that if even one of these processes. even if they eat a ton of animal foods. most of which take place in your stomach and small intestine. vitamin B-12 must follow a complex pathway. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . B-12 goes through five different processes before it can become usable to us. that states the following: “…human feces is loaded with B12 due to these bacteria [bacteria found in the colon.” Interestingly enough I found an article written by Dr.e. “…the majority of B12-deficient people eat plentiful amounts of the vitamin [i. Nishant Rao. How Can We Become Deficient in Vitamin B-12 There are two ways it might happen: 1.” [don't you appreciate the humor ?] How Does B-12 Work in our Bodies “…to get from your mouth into your bloodstream. and authors of Can it Be B-12?. We have health issues that prevent us from properly absorbing B-12 into our system Statistics According to the statistics quoted by the writers of Can it Be B-12? over 80% of long-term vegans and 50% vegetarians who do not adequately supplement with B-12. We don’t consume enough B-12. Crohn’s and others. people with gastrointestinal issues. Being that a lot of the processes take place in our stomach and small intestine. we become B-12 deficient–vegans. or right kind of B12 2. is not carried out properly by our bodies.Page | 6 If you follow the thought pattern that the only way humans can get B-12 is from animals. show evidence of B-12 deficiency.

and they go untreated. don’t get too excited yet–studies have shown that even infants can fall prey to B-12 deficiency. Consider that CDC is very conservative with their numbers. deficiency those who have been exposed to nitrious oxide [drug used in surgeries as anesthetic. you are at risk of being B-12 deficient. be it moderately or severely. as current American standard for B-12 deficiency testing is much lower than in other countries [we will address this topic later]. ulcer drugs. known as atrophic gastritis. H2-blockers: Zantac. antiacids. Statistically if you are over 4o. Some liberal estimations had stated that as much as up to 80% of the population might be at risk of being B-12 deficient. Pepsid. etc] make users susceptible to B-12 deficiency those with hyperthyroidism pregnancy extreme stress alcohol and recreational drugs cause B-12 malabsorption and. thus. sometimes falling prey to deadly side effects of B-12 deficiency.Page | 7 In June 2009. antibiotics. gastrointestinal drugs. found in some vaccination shots inborn errors of B-12 metabolism [sometimes hereditary] vegans vegetarians women who had to have C-section breastfeeding mothers malnutrition eating disorders Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . over the age of 50 are vitamin B-12 deficient. even in dental surgeries] toxins such as mercury. common [but not restricted to] in the population over 50 those who had undergone gastric surgery [gastric bypass] those who had partial or complete stomach resections those with Crohn’s disease with enteritis those with Celiac disease certain medications and drugs [birth control. CDC [Center for Disease Control and Prevention] reported that one out of every 31 people. Tagament. as well as children and young adults. diabetes medication. certain vaccines. which unfortunately causes too many too fall in the gray zone of what is thought to be normal. potassium chloride. There are certain populations who are prone to B-12 deficiencies more than others and certain health conditions and situations that make us more susceptible to the deficiency [information largely drawn from Can it Be B-12?]:                     those with inflammation/deterioration of the stomach lining. If you are younger than 40. you have a 40% chance of being low on B-12. By the time you hit 60.

become alkaline forming]. I already told you about muscle spasms and brittle nails. In the last post to this series. especially to the brain and nervous system. When I ate these foods my tongue. within a short period of time felt like it was on fire–if you looked at it you would notice little grooves that formed that felt like paper cuts. so we must be mindful to understand our bodies. not that it helped me any. So. or even other foods that I would not otherwise suspect. berries and pineapple. on the rare occasion that I do. Tomorrow I will begin addressing some of the specific diseases caused by B-12 deficiency. I will provide you with a list of resources that you will find helpful. The tongue would become sore very quickly. I had to be very watchful of what I ate. Dangers of B-12 Deficiency Vitamin B-12 deficiency. and get regular tests… as long as they are done correctly–we will cover that later.Page | 8     malabsorption syndrome inflammatory bowel disease advanced liver disease genetic mutations The list can go on. if not caught in time. although I will find out for sure in the next few days–I scheduled an appointment to see our family doctor and called him ahead to let him know that I want to get tested. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . today I will tell you about one more symptom that I occasionally experience that might be due to B-12 deficiency. This goes to show you that no one is really exempt from B-12 deficiency. and how much of it I ate. It was not until a few years ago that I started experiencing an odd side effect when I indulged in some of my favorite foods–tomatoes. You can refer to yesterday’s post for the list of possible symptoms of B-12 deficiency. can potentially cause severe and irreversible damage. when they enter our system. however with time I noticed the same thing happening when I had potato chips. Part III: Can Vitamin B-12 be a Cure for Infertility and stop Miscarriages? Symptom #3: Sore/Geographic Tongue Before I dive into today’s topic I will continue sharing my suspicions about personal B-12 deficiency possibility. Some of my doctors told me I have a geographic tongue. I attributed it to the possibility of these foods having higher acidity level [although plant foods. and later talk about testing and treating B-12 deficiency.

J Reprod Med 2001. I can go back to enjoying all of the foods that I like without ever getting sore tongue. but explosive: Abstract OBJECTIVE: To examine the relationship of infertility to recurrent fetal loss in patients who were vitamin B12 deficient. I decided to try out acupuncture. during our consultation. CONCLUSION: Hypercoagulability due to raised homocysteine levels may lead to fetal loss when vitaminB12 deficiency first develops. tongue.Page | 9 Once.” ”Okay. but the information that I found brought tears to my eyes and joy to my heart–I found published medical studies that confirmed my suspicion. besides trying to babble something about the ying and yang. RESULTS: In six episodes. It was short. Infertility (two to eight years) had been present in four episodes. when I told her about this symptom. periods of recurrent fetal loss were followed by periods of infertility greater than one year. to see if it can aid me in the healing process. B-12 Deficiency Can be Responsible for Infertility and Miscarriages When I stumbled upon information pertaining to B-12 deficiency a light bulb went off in my head. Vitamin B12 deficiency. and recurrent fetal loss was a feature in 11. there was not much information on it. 46:209-212]. “now can you speak English and tell me what it means and how I can fix it?” Unfortunately. as well as soreness of the mouth. she was unable to enlighten my curious mind. infertility and recurrent fetal loss. took a look at my tongue and said: “You have so much heat built up. STUDY DESIGN: The obstetric histories of 14 patients presenting with 15 episodes of vitamin B12 deficiency were analyzed. is not something I had in the past–EVER!–and not something that I experience unless I eat certain foods that provoke the effect. "Could vitamin B-12 deficiency possibly cause infertility?" I asked myself.” I said. A more prolonged deficiency results in infertility by Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . The acupuncturist. My hope now is that once I get my tests done and get treatment. Through my studies I found that vitamin B-12 deficiency can cause sore tongue. or sore. Geographic. The first one was just a little abstract from an article published in the Journal of Reproductive Medicine in 2001 [Bennett M. When I started to search the net.

which is normally suppressed by normal levels of B6. Defective follicular development.] Well. or has a genetic errorr. When that happens. Just in case if you need an interpretation. [Men. the sulphur that should not be present in our bodies in high amounts. the woman will develop high level of homocysteine. abruptio placentae and intrauterine growth restriction. and after prolonged periods of B-12 deficiency. I will explain it when you are done reading it: *Homocysteine (hcy) is a sulphur containing amino acid which is not present in natural proteins. and cannot properly absorb these vitamins. [Source] In layman’s terms: if a woman is short on folate [folic acid]. and searched… and searched more. Researchers also pointed towards the harmful effects of hhcy on female fertility.P a g e | 10 causing changes in ovulation or development of the ovum or changes leading to defective implantation. only whetted my appetite–I had to know more! So. hang in there. this is NOT a female issue only. or for those who had never been able to conceive. Exact role of hhcy in the earlier stages of reproductive physiology and in related diseases including subfertility is not clear. the abstract. It is derived from demythylatian of methionine. B6 and B12. In the field of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. requiring folate. I am reposting it in its entirety: Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . here it is: Low B-12 [deficiency] is directly related to elevated homocysteine* levels. it has been underlined as risk factor for adverse pregnancy outcome like early pregnancy loss. but to everyone who had experienced the pain of losing a child through miscarriage. implantation failure and harsh uterine environment were the proposed reasons. Malnutrition or malabsorption of folate and /or vitamin B6 and B12 or inherited enzymatic defects such as methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) or Cystathionine B-synthetase (CBS) deficiency leads to raised hcy levels. on most occasions more than once. impaired chorionic villous vascularization. known as MTHFR or CBS. causing miscarriages. I searched. Hang with me on the next paragraph. or have tubal/placenta issues. women can become altogether infertile. vitamin B6 and B12 as enzymatic co-factors. or miscarry. a woman can become infertile. neural tube defects. this might be a glimmer of hope in the darkest of nights. I will tell you how B-12 affects your fertility as well. This might not mean much to some of you. The combination of both becomes dangerous to women who conceive. pre-eclampsia. or will have problems with implanting an inseminated egg. B12 and folic acid.com. I was ecstatic to have found a longer summary of the same study on http://findarticles. as revolutionary as it was.

so alternative testing will be needed. The obstetrics histories of 14 patients presenting with 15 episodes of vitamin B12 deficiency were analyzed. Two of these 11 cases had never had a full-term delivery. miscarriages were followed by a period of infertility. after 3 miscarriages followed by six years of infertility. Six of them almost immediately conceived. Recurrent fetal loss in the presence of B12 deficiency may be due to elevated homocysteine levels and a resulting thrombophilic state. severe megaloblastic anemia was found with ahemoglobin of 5. the patient became pregnant immediately and delivered a full-term infant. Recurrent early fetal loss may also be associated with vitamin B12 deficiency. Infertility and Infertility as a result of vitamin B12 deficiency may be related to anovulation [inability to ovulate]. who identified B-12 deficiency and treated her with injections. Vitamin B12 deficiency. preeclampsia. Following parenteral B12 administration. andrecurrent fetal loss was a feature in 11. had not one.8 g/dL and a serum B12 level of [less than] 50 pg/mL. and the homocysteinemia and increased risk of thrombovascular disease may cause thrombosis and inadequate perfusion of the placenta. serum measurements are crucial. She found Dr. high-folate diets. In one case. In 10 patients. Since folate therapy. iron deficiency or thalassemia minor may mask a B12 deficiency.] One of the women. Bennett M. In six cases. who took a part in this study. and since has give birth to two more children. infertility and recurrent fetal loss. though rare.P a g e | 11 Vitamin B12 Miscarriage deficiency. Bennet. but seven miscarriages. 46:209-212 [I hope you paid attention to the last sentence I underlined--if is possible that you could take a test and show up with a negative result to B-12 deficiency. J Reprod Med 2001. Nine months later she delivered a healthy baby. abruptio placentae. Treatment with B12 resulted in their first full-term delivery within nine months followed by two more full term deliveries. fetal growth retardation and stillbirth. abnormal cell division in the fertilized ovum or a lack of implantation due to megaloblastoid changes in the endometrium. a full-term delivery occurred after vitamin B12 therapy. Pregnancy is already a prethrombotic state. Case 1 had had seven spontaneous abortions before the finding of vitamin B12 deficiency. Infertility of two to eight years had been present in four episodes. This study demonstrates the importance of measuring B12 levels in the evaluation of infertility or recurrent spontaneous abortions. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . I will talk about your options in the coming posts.

As you can see. ”Could it be?” I asked the same question and needed more information. Study group consisted of all those women who were subfertile for more then one year. Objective: To find out the association between unexplained subfertility and hhcy in Pakistani women. Intervention studies have shown that supplementation with folate. Findings: Raised hcy levels in ovarian follicular fluid were associated with poor quality of embryo and may influence pregnancy outcome following natural or invitro-fertilization. Thankfully I found just what I was looking for–another medical study. however limited information is available about the relationship of hhcy and subfertility. showed a correlation between B12. The article is 4 pages long. this study too. Liaquat University Hospital Hyderabad from 1st April 2008 to 31st March 2009. Results: In total. and many plant foods contain B6 naturally. I am going to give you a quick summary: Abstract Background: Hyperhomocysteinemia (hhcy) {see explained above under *Homocysteine (hcy)} has been considered as a risk factor for several obstetrical complications such as early pregnancy loss. regular menstrual cycle. so instead of reposting it here. deficiency and infertility. Materials and methods: This observational study was conducted in Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. In the US a lot of foods are now fortified with folate. Recently its association with infertility has been underscored in IVF failures.P a g e | 12 “What?” you ask. so it is just a Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . which was done over a period of one year [April 2008-March 2009]. 61 subjects were enrolled in the study including 49 subfertile women and 12 healthy women. vitamin B12 and B6 can lower hcy concentration. 39 (80%) were suffering from primary subfertility while 10 (20%) were complaining of secondary subfertility. Among subfertile women. Mean serum fasting homocysteine levels were significantly higher in women suffering from unexplained subfertility as compared to controls [that means "healthy women"]. normal pelvic examination findings and no past history of pelvic inflammatory disease. house wives and residents of Hyderabad city. along with B6 and folate. Majority of the subjects were young. pre-eclampsia and IUGR. so it is harder for the population to be short on it. This one was done in Pakistan: Hyperhomocysteinemia in Pakistani women suffering from unexplained subfertility. have body mass index less than 25.

when research reported a study in which 27% of men with [low] sperm counts were able to increase these counts… after receiving 1. who suffered multiple miscarriages. a couple’s inability to conceive is due to male infertility. The author of “Could it Be B12?” states that “In about 40% of cases. and would do anything to be parents. even if they do eat foods rich in B12. B-12 is presently used to treat infertility. not to mention emotional pain and suffering. especially compared with emotional pain and financial burden of those who are suffering. who long for children. 57% of men with low sperm counts showed increases in sperm number after receiving 6. testing and treatment of B-12 deficiency is quiet cheap. or supplementing. which leaves us with B-12 which some might be lacking and others have trouble absorbing. I will talk about the test options I researched in the upcoming posts. such as impotence and erectile dysfunction–all of which might be connected to B-12 deficiency.” “In another study. “The link between male infertility and insufficient B-12 levels first became commonly known in the 1980s. and whatever other reasons that might be.” “A newer study sheds light on the connection between B-12 and male fertility by showing that low B-12 levels affect both gonadal and sperm health. Are you as excited as I am? I was ecstatic! I know enough women.P a g e | 13 matter of eating a good. In Japan. urinary MMA and homocysteine. just in case if one of them comes Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . and give so many infertile couples. Sometime it is due to low sperm count. I told you I won’t leave you hanging.000 mcg of B-12 per day. There are times when it is the men who are infertile. Don’t you wonder when other countries and the US will catch up with it. Can you imagine that a simple B-12 injection therapy can fix this issue for most. instead of sending infertile couples to the poor house and leaving them in need of counseling after numerous failed attempts at conception? Vitamin B-12 and Sperm Count Men. balanced diet. The pain of such losses is unbelievable.000 mcg per day of vitamin B-12.” She goes on to say. but for now I will mention this–I am planning to get 3 different tests when I go for my appointment next week: blood serum B-12.” [Source: "Could it Be B12?"] Testing and Treatment As I mentioned before. sometimes it is due to sperm motility. who are very close to my heart. a chance at happiness? The best part–it costs only pennies compared to infertility treatments.

it becomes a concern {although I have not counted what I am losing now. we normally shed about 50-100 hairs a day or so. my lovely thick hair stopped shedding and once again I felt normal. but alas. and thus you will struggle with infertility as well. but it is more than usual for me . but when it is more than usual. in women and men alike. it was not until after self-diagnosis and finding the right doctor to confirm it. loss. or have been told that you have reached a premature menopause. Part IV: Vitamin B-12 Deficiency Can Cause Hair Loss Symptom #4: Hair Loss A few years back. and none of my well educated doctors could even begin to guess what caused it. my hair declared a war on me and started to look for a better place that might be flowing with better promises than I gave it–instead of a normal. had me on supplements to help it. more hair started to shed. As I took my treatment into my own hands and healed [yes. No matter what I did I could not stop it. Around March of this year. you should get your vitamin B-12 levels checked. Watch it and gasp with me. that I knew it was due to hypothyroid condition. Unfortunately some of it fell out right around the edges of my forehead and had never fully regrown to its former glory. at one point. at what vitamin B-12 deficiency can do. I had gone through a season of abnormal hair loss. I still waited for the miracle. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . when I was raging my battle with hypothyroidism. which was of great concern to me. I did not want to go through the same stress again.P a g e | 14 up negative. and I am not ready to go through it again}. stay tuned for the next posts to learn about correct and effective types of injections you should ask for. [Again. healed!] hypothyroidism. It was not until my epiphany and coming across this video that I had my AHA! moment. Given. Little did I know that B-12 deficiency can cause hair loss. One of my ND’s. If you are suffering from similar issues as the person in the video [amenorrhea or premature menopause]. due to unknown to me reasons. you MUST watch this video. Treatment options are very cheap via B-12 injections. few hairs a day. Needless to say. When I read "Could it Be B12?" I found that the author of the book suggests the same.] B-12 Deficiency Menopause? and Amenorrhea or Early If you are struggling with amenorrhea.

for which we have to fight. paresthesias. our medical community is light years behind in diagnosing B-12 deficiency and treating it properly. and paralysis] Heart disease Infertility Multiple Sclerosis Parkinson’s [pre-Parkinson's disease tremors] Pain from inflammation Poor digestion Poor sleep Postpartum depression Psychosis Restless [shaky] leg syndrome Visual disturbances. our doctors. it can be mistakenly identified as many other serious diseases:                        Adrenal fatigue ALS [amyotrophic lateral sclerosis] Alzheimer’s Anemia Autism Bipolar disorders Chronic fatigue syndrome Dementia Depression Diabetic neuropathy Erectile dysfunction Guillain-Barre syndrome [includes muscle weakness. Vitamin B-12 Deficiency is a Mimicker If not careful. Unfortunately. Since B-12 is involved and essential to so many processes in our bodies. you have watched the video. blindness. Mind blowing? YES! Infuriating at the medical system and government agencies? YES! Can you imagine the amount of grief these patients had to go through when their life saving treatment was taken away? Thankfully we have more freedom in the US [for now]. can mistakenly treat you for the diseases B-12 deficiency can mimic.P a g e | 15 [make sure to watch the video before going on to the next section] Dr. or vision loss Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . who don’t have a full grasp on proper B-12 deficiency diagnosis. Chandy Cures Patients with MS & Hair Loss with B-12 Injections So.

000 per year. while B-12 therapy costs around $40*! Which one do you think would be easier on the person that might be wrongfully diagnosed? And how about longterm implications? While B-12 therapy promises treatment and recovery. testing and treatment and won’t leave you hanging. however. 2. he could have been treated for something like B-12 deficiency… Alas. So. or get this book and read it: Could it Be B-12? Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . just maybe. pain and suffering cannot even be measured–I know–my father fought valiantly against Parkinson’s. so you can’t get proper treatment. 4. hang in there and either way for me to finish all of my posts this week and give you all resources I found in my studies. and when treated with B-12 injections. I will cover the subject of diagnosis. not counting the cost of care and supplies.P a g e | 16 I am sure that there are other diseases that are mimicked by B-12 deficiency. had I known what I know now. I will never find out. The cost of human emotions. 3. For example. in dollars and human suffering. did not get properly diagnosed [if at all]. MS treatments and care are nothing more than long-term care for those who are doomed to get worse. I don’t want you to get the impression that all patients diagnosed with these diseases have B-12 deficiency. please do not start self-treating. you used over the counter vitamins [and maybe even the wrong kind] which will skew your tests. so you might not get treated. but this is the list that I was able to gather so far. not better. I wonder. can cost as much as$36. some of MS drugs alone. if we got him tested and maybe. is insurmountable. improve or completely reverse the symptoms of misdiagnosed diseases. but studies have shown that some might and do. it is just better to know the whole truth before drawing any conclusions. that is. But hold on! Don’t rush out the door and get something you will find out you will need to dump into trash later or something that might harm you instead of helping you. *Source Part V: Vitamin B-12 Deficiency– Who is at Risk? If you read first four installments on B-12 deficiency. The cost of misdiagnosis. which eventually took over and had its way with him. PLEASE. you are probably ready to charge and get it treated… if you have it. because you might find it that you either: 1.

including oral surgeries.P a g e | 17 For now I would like to continue this important conversation. anorexia. I am listing possibilities of risk in alphabetical order. or used as recreational drug autoimmune disorders breasted infants of mothers with B-12 deficiency cancer patients [especially if you have undergone treatments. In short–EVERYONE! But there are certain groups of people who are more likely to develop the deficiency than others. Let’s look into who is at risk of B-12 deficiency.] excessive/abnormal sweating family history of pernicious anemia fibromyalgia Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . such as chemotherapy and radiation] cervical spndylosis chronic fatigue dementia depression diverticulosis drug addicts eating disorders [bulimia. etc.                      abnormally enlarged red blood cells abnormally small red blood cells abnormal cells in Pap smear AIDS alcoholics Alzheimer’s anemia anyone subjected to nitrous oxide use through surgeries.

anticonvulsants.P a g e | 18                                      gastritis gastroesophageal reflux disease [GERD] gastrointestinal disorders gastrointestinal parasites/tapeworm diagnosis gastrointestinal surgeries [such as gastric bypass. etc. birth control. colchicine. and especially over 60 proton pump inhibitor use psychiatric disorders raw diet small bowel overgrowth smokers those on macrobiotic order ulcers use of medications: antibiotics. potassium supplements. irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).] genetic disorder which does not allow for proper B-12 absorption high/severe stress levels hyperthyroid hypothyroidism inflammation/wasting of the stomach lining insulin dependent diabetes mellitus [aka Type I diabetes] iron deficiency [especially if confirmed through blood tests] iron deficiency anemia low stomach acid low white blood cell count malabsorption syndrome [Crohn's disease. phenobarbital. creating deficiencies [some shots are Tetnus. proton pump inhibitors. neomycin. flu vaccines and RhoGAM] vascular disorders vegans vegetarians women who had undergone emergency C-section women who become pregnant shortly after a previous delivery are at increased risk of B-12 deficiency Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . Celiac disease] microbiotic diet neurological or poor motor symptoms occlusive vascular disorder onset of early menopause overweight/obese population people on a western diet [SAD--standard american diet] people over 40. aminosalicylic acid and other medications vaccinations containing mercury as preservative bind B-12. H2blockers. cholestyramine. inflammatory bowel disease. TB skin test. metforin. colestipol.

eggs. I scored myself and… well. and get tested professionally so you can get better results through appropriate B-12 deficiency treatments your doctor can provide. For now remember. I am going to see my doctor this Wednesday–that should be enough to tell you where I stand. stay tuned to find out what tests and treatments [should you need them] you should ask for. USA) had 13 students change from a Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian (dairy and eggs. which is true only in part. After 5 months. go through this list and the list in Part I: B-12 Deficiency–A Road To Recovery. here is my assignment for you: 1. take a separate paper. don’t rush out and get self-treatments–it is best to wait. Could it Be B12? as well as B-12 Exposed actually have a great section where you can score your risk factor for B-12 deficiency. get all the information you need. 10 students followed the diet for 5 months and their average serum B-12 went from 417 ± 187 to 276 ± 122 pg/ml. Before my next post comes out. but even before then. Could it Be B12? B-12 Exposed and other various sources] If you experience symptoms or belong to groups of people at higher risk for B-12 deficiency listed here and/or in Part 2 post: B-12 Deficiency–A Road To Recovery–you might be at risk. take a pen and paper. Part VI: Diagnosis B-12 Deficiency– Reasons for B-12 Deficiency As I mentioned in Part 2 of the series. and mark down possible symptoms you might have. no meat) to a Vegan diet (no dairy. 2 went from normal B-12 to below normal B-12. Secondly. Homework Assignment So. there is a big misconception on who can become vitamin B-12 deficient.P a g e | 19 [Sources: personal experience. It is generally thought that only vegan and vegetarian populations are susceptible to shortage of B-12. Crane et al (1994. 2. write down all health issues that are bother you currently and compared them against the two lists I provided to see how many of them might fall into B-12 deficiency category. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . or meat):    All 4 students with serum B-12 in the 600-900 range fell to below 500 pg/ml in just 2 months.

It discussed a study done to compare B-12 intake/retention in raw vegans vs. It was not until she was in the nursing school that she discovered that her problems were tied to absorption of B-12. 2. RN. she was a big meat eater. BSN.] So. Register UD. According to David Rainosheck. there are four main reasons we can become B-12 deficient: 1. most often missed even in the medical profession. titled: “Vitamin B-12 Status of Long-Term Adherents of a Strict Uncooked Vegan Diet” was published in THE JOURNAL OF NUTRITION. 3. Dietary Sources are Inadequate Digestion Issues Toxicity Lack of Absorption/Assimilation of B-12 So. The second part to this equation. not lack of it in her diet. and had a low intake of plant foods. become B-12 deficient. 4. Vegan vs. Her doctor actually thought that her health issues were related to low plant food intake. quicker than formerly thought. Journal of Nutritional Medicine. "Vitamin B-12 studies in total vegetarians (vegans). Omnivore In 1995 an article. In fact that is exactly happened to the author of Could it Be B12? Sally Pacholok. yet use none of it. right around the time when started having B-12 deficiency related issues. MA [B-12 Exposed]. it is true that if vegan and vegetarian population does not supplement with B-12 properly. there is a high possibility that you can eat all of the foods thought to contain B-12. 1994. is that vegan and vegetarian populations are not the only ones susceptible to B-12 deficiency. In her early years. Pathcett S.4:419-430. omnivores.P a g e | 20 [Source: Crane MG. In last part: Who’s At Risk? I discussed other populations who can quickly become vitamin B12 deficient. Sample C. Here is the chart taken from the article: Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . they can quickly.

shitake mushrooms. In Japan. the limit was raised to 550 pg/ml as a benchmark. sourdough bread. malted syrup. for example. which is considerably low in comparison to other countries. although they are great foods to consume. As such we cannot rely on these foods to meet our vitamin B-12 needs. The bad news is that analog [not human-active] B-12 in some of these foods can block human active B-12 from proper absorption. Acceptable B-12 Levels In the USA. tempeh. A WORD OF CAUTION TO VEGANS/VEGETARIANS: I.. Both groups were low on B-12. although supplementing. thought that I could add to my B-12 intake from certain plant foods: nutritional yeast. like many other vegans. tofu.P a g e | 21 As you can see. parsley. etc. Some doctors will take anything between 200-450 pg/ml as acceptable. and soybean paste. In reality people with levels close to 500 pg/ml can still have deficiency symptoms. and some carry a combination of analog and human-active B-12. barley. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . even omnivores largely fell under what is an acceptable normal range of B-12 levels in the US [discussed below]. seaweeds. algae. What I did not realize is that a lot of these foods carry an analog B-12–a form of not human active B-12. a “normal” level of B-12 blood serum [commonly used test to determine B-12 levels] is considered to be 500 pg/ml. as it stands now. which do have B-12 in them.

000 pg/ml. MD. Chandy. how do you know whether you are deficient in vitamin B-12? Remember the homework assignment I gave you yesterday? I asked you to do the following: 1. John Dommisse. and family history. secondly. He further states thatanything less than 300400 pg/ml range should be considered as severe deficiency. high B-6 diet or take B-12 supplements [remember how I told you not to rush out and get a bottle of vitamins?]. take a pen and paper. Hopefully you have a Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . thus becoming totally useless. <200 pg/ml–severe deficiency Sally Pacholok. Could it Be B12? states that “He recommends that B-12 deficiency be diagnosed on the basis of signs and symptoms. 300-450 pg/ml–subtle deficiency 3. some of you might be symptomatic with B-12 deficiency. and that older adults should have a level of at least 600-2. Sometimes it is the little.000 pg/ml. andchildren 1. schedule an appointment to see your doctor. normal. and anything below 600 pg/ml should be considered as a deficiency. but if you consume a high folate. high iron. go through this list and the list in Part I: B-12 Deficiency–A Road To Recovery. and mark down possible symptoms you might have. you are one step closer to finding out the truth–because no one knows your body better than you do. clinical features. Now that you have your checklist in hand and if you are not feeling yourself. where there are no symptoms [I am assuming that would be around 500-550 pg/ml and higher. Diagnosis So. your blood serum test might show that you are in a “normal” [acceptable] range. 131-140] WARNING: Here is a catch.000 pg/ml.P a g e | 22 If you read Part 5 of these series. you had a chance to meet Dr. [Medical Hypotheses (1991) 34. subtle annoying symptoms that might steer you in the right direction. who states that the normal range should be regarded as 600-2.000-2. 200-300 pg/ml–intermediate deficiency 4.000 pg/ml or higher] 2. however. in Could it Be B12? quotes a medical doctor. and your B-12 deficiency might be masked. 2. a general practitioner from the UK. I will tell you in a minute what you can do to still get tested. If this is your case. who has been researching and treating vitamin B-12 deficiency since 1981. take a separate paper. What’s Next? Remember that your symptoms matter. older adults should be around 1. write down all health issues that are bother you currently and compared them against the two lists I provided to see how many of them might fall into B-12 deficiency category If you have done these.” He defines four different stages of B-12 levels: 1.

don’t just schedule an appointment with any ol’ Joe–you should interview your doctors. which was about treatment options that I already had in mind. there are certain Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . you have two options: 1. nurses. I was ready to schedule my appointment. However. If the answer is “NO”. I speak with receptionists. When his answer was “YES” I went on to tell him about my suspicions about possible B-12 deficiency. s/he will not value me as a person when I become his/her patient. As I mentioned before. I ask him/her questions that are important to me. I tell him/her about my lifestyle/dietary choices and inquire if s/he will be open-minded to work with me. be assertive and insist on still running tests–after all it is your insurance that will be paying for it. we proceed.P a g e | 23 good primary care physician. I pray for your sake. How to Hire a Doctor If you don’t have a doctor.” he said. when you get ready to buy a car or a computer. fire your doctor and find a new one Yes. or you paying out of pocket. Once I get a doctor on the phone. Don’t you think we should give even more consideration when it comes to people helping us achieve optimal health. if you need to. ”Yes. so I moved on to my next question. who is open minded and does not limit you to 10 minutes in the office before moving onto his/her next case. and potentially save our lives? Already Have a Doctor? If you already have a doctor. but not for others. and eventually ask for an introductory interview with the doctor himself. and asked if he would be willing to run tests on both hubby and I. I would suggest you do the same. If not. you spend days researching your options and dealerships. When I look for a doctor. I am sure they don’t miss me much… but the feeling is mutual. I move on–if s/he does not have time to answer my questions beforehand. or 2. After all. who agrees to give me 10-15 minutes of his time. I call a few offices and ask questions. That’s what I do. which might work for some. The doctor that I am about to go see tomorrow was just such a man. Test Options Your doctor will most likely run only one test to check for B-12 deficiency–serum blood test. it is that simple–I had to fire a couple of doctors in my quest to health. that s/he is open minded and ready to listen and work with you. When his answer was “Yes” to that too. now is a good time to find one. If the answer is “YES”.

NCL. The test measures methylmalonic acid (MMA) by selected ion monitoring isotope dilution gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GC/MS) in a random spot urine specimen. I personally strongly suggest buying her book. NCL introduced the Mayo Clinic to the uMMA assay Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . [In such a case remember--you have an option to fire your doctor and take your test results to someone else. Where to get Urinary MMA Urinary MMA. Blood Serum B-12 test [I gave you level ranges above] 2. so that your insurance covers it. Inc.P a g e | 24 conditions that might mask B-12 deficiency. whom you hopefully will interview beforehand.0 μmole/L. which they should. (NCL) provides a means to test individuals through the mail for cobalamin (vitamin B12 ) deficiency. Who knows. not to mention that US standards for “normal” B-12 levels are so low that even if you get low range results your doctor might still not want to treat you. some accept levels of 2. Plasma Homocysteine test [remember our conversation about homocysteine?] [Healthy levels: 4. was the first commercial laboratory to provide the uMMA test. a suggested in B-12 Exposed: 820-11. you can go directly to the source to have it done for $150 per test–it’s a small price to pay compared to what you might have to pay if you don’t catch the deficiency in time to get it treated! Norman Clinical Laboratory. At the least the first two tests should be combined together for better accuracy–I personally hope to get tests 1-3 to improve my chances of being properly diagnosed. in Could it Be B12? discusses 4 different testing options.200 micromoles/mmol/cr of MMA] 3.0 μmole/L] 4. reading it. stands for urinary methylmalonic acid.6 μg MMA/mg creatine. your doctor might be grateful that you did.] Sally Pacholok. and even taking with you to the appointment. but the book will save you heartache. different levels for children. If it happens that you do not have an insurance.0-12. The following are your options: 1. HoloTC [holotranscobalamin] test: [Healthy levels: 35-101 pmol/L] Sally Pacholok further suggests that it might be wise to do a combination of 2 or more of these tests. established in 1985. or your insurance does not cover uMMA. aka uMMA. Not only that.2-12. The MMA value is normalized to urine creatinine to correct for urine dilution. Urinary MMA/Creatine Ratio test [Healthy levels: . The urinary MMA/creatinine ratio (uMMA) test is more accurate than the blood test as it indicates tissue/cellular B12 deficiency.58 to 3. and you will help many other patients who might otherwise go misdiagnosed. and money–Sally graciously offers various Reimbursement Codes in the one of the Appendices in the book your doctor can use to order testing for you. which is what I am planning to do.

and a list of talking points for the appointment. I did not stop there–I was prepared for the appointment with my research and talking points. However. and in a couple of days I received all I needed to collect a sample in the mail. Some of you might think that it is too much. The lab is located in Cincinnati OH [go. you are your best advocate and no one. Am I right? And some might think that you would be too intimidated to do the same yourself. I interviewed him over the phone. and the turnaround time for the test results is around 3 days. in hiring our new doctor. just in case if our insurance did not cover the test. and they will respond immediately. look for a doctor who would not feel insecure and intimidated by an educated and prepared patient. our health history. “Insecure Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . to the first group I would say–it is never too much when it comes to our health and well-being. Part VII: Purely Happy {B-12 Deficiency Diagnosis}-My Tests I followed my own advice from the last part. hubby and I. I have learned that you can NEVER be too prepared. once they have your sample. Correct? Well. before making the decision to schedule an appointment. knows your body better than you. scheduled our appointments back to back. All you have to do is call them [800-397-7408] and ask for them to mail you materials and container needed for the test. except the Lord himself. Having left a message I heard back from them within an hour. along with instructions on how to do it. Being that our new doctor was seeing us for the first time. even my research printouts. and to the second group–remember. and yes. I called them. Ohio!].P a g e | 25 and Mayo Clinic has also provided the uMMA test for years. Now other laboratories around the world are offering the uMMA test which has benefited thousands. Also. the book. I brought all of our previous lab results [both. so. don’t be afraid to take a stand. also using this time as an opportunity to do our annual physical].

my research reports and even the book. that could be connected. I mentioned the tests that I wanted to have done. thinking that they know you better than you do. Jolly.” The next few words that he spoke were a melody to my ears: “Great! What regimen would you like to follow?” Oh. and kept saying: “Yes. urinary MMA was news to him. there are many of them. pretty please!” I said. blood pressure. my! I whipped out Could it Be B12? and cracked it to the marked pages: Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . “and as soon as we can start. especially because not all doctors would do that. while she was jotting down notes in our charts. and friendly she took us through all of the routine steps–weighing us in.” ”But of course!” I beamed from ear to ear. pulling out our labs. adding all other reports and printouts to the pile he carried off to the copy machine. Yes. that sounds right. She rocked! The Doctor A few minutes after Kimmy was done taking notes. It’s given that your physician will know more than you do. one by one. When I did that. except their insecurity comes in shape of arrogance–the “god” syndrome. our new-found doctor came into the office. When we got to talking about diagnosis. and went through every single one of them. please?” he inquired. The Doc also listened to my requests for treatments: “Methylcobalamin B-12 injections.P a g e | 26 doctor?” you might wonder. To my pleasant surprise Kimmy did not look at me like a goat at a sheep’s gate–she actually was familiar with B12 deficiency symptoms. testing and treatment. He intently listened to what we had to say [mostly me ]. and you can’t tell them anything they don’t already know. I was sure to thank him for the phone interview. especially if it comes from their patients. Although he did not seem to agree with everything 100%. healthy and friendly–just what you want to see in a doctor. Kimmy. Then we sat down and went through the reasons for our visit. Thankfully I brought literature with me to back it up and show that it might be more accurate than the blood serum test. smiley. but it is dangerous if s/he thinks that s/he might know everything and have nothing left to learn. while I respectfully referred to my symptoms and the research I had done.” In a few moments I was in love with Kimmy. “I would like to learn more about this and expand my knowledge on the topic. If you have a doctor like that– RUN! Run as fast and far as you can and find someone who will work with you. etc. of course ]: “Can I make copies of these studies. Yes. he was open to hear my opinion–that’s a huge plus in my books. At that point I whipped out my “symptoms” list for myself and hubby. measuring our height. The Nurse The mood for our appointment was set by our new doctor’s nurse. the next few words that came out of our doctor’s mouth made me fall in love with him [in a doctor-patient kind of way. I also wanted to set the tone for our appointment–I did not want him to think of me as “know-it-all”. Although he was familiar with serum [blood] B-12 test. He looked confident.

” he said. however. or if we would have to pay out of pocket until we meet our deductible. We were not sure. there was a possibility that some of much needed tests could not be coded with wellness. preventative. This year hubby and I signed up for a health plan that has a higher deductible. Although we get our annual physical and labs covered at 100% by our insurance. make sure to ask your doctor to bill your insurance.P a g e | 27  1. and I could not agree more.” he said. i.” WHAT? He took those words out of my mouth before I could even ask for it. but B-12 testing is covered by insurance. “It won’t hurt either way. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . that some of my tests had to be done early in the morning. Hubby and I came fasting and prepared for our labs to be drawn after our appointment. since I had 16 or 18 different tests that needed to be done for me. due to my previous health condition [hypothyroidism]. So. if or when you go in to get tested. The Labs and the Insurance Most people do not know. which was not even on our preferred labs list. since we wanted not only B-12 serum test but a couple more. no matter what our insurance covers or does not cover.000 mcg methyl B-12 injections bi-weekly thereafter “OK. “Oh. Next he wrote out prescriptions for our labs. though. codes. however. It turned out. and you don’t have to wait until the test results come back to start the treatment. I cannot tell you what a relief it was. if all of the labs we wanted would be covered at 100% by our insurance. Whew! What a huge weight off our shoulders.000 mcg methyl B-12 injections weekly for four weeks and  1. filling out our prescriptions. although it allows us to set money aside in a health savings account that earns interest. and three B-12 tests we wanted. since urinary MMA test alone can cost up to $250 at some labs [I will tell you about ways to save on this test later. especially if they decide that some of those test are not a part of a regular physical. “we can start as soon as you get your prescriptions filled. in addition to regular annual labs. But the good news kept rolling out for us… It happened that our new doctor has an agreement with the next door lab. It felt like the heaven opened up and the sun was smiling at us. that his patients’ bills would have a cap of $25/person! So. we still would not pay more than $25 per person when all is said and done. should you decided to get one and your insurance does not cover it].e. as we discussed our NEXT step on my TO-DO list.000 mcg methyl B-12 injections every day for seven days  1. and does not have an expiration date. so my fasting was for nothing more than weight loss. as his pen was silently moving from side to side. unlike flex accounts. so why wait?!” he said. Hubby had his tests done.

nasty B-12 form–Cyanocobalamin. I loaded up on more nutrients. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins .what?” they said “No. we brought along a serving of coconut water… and even our nurse and the lab technician were impressed.” Off we went to another pharmacy. B-12 Prescription With our prescriptions in hand we headed off to the pharmacy closest to our house. when I got home. enjoying the green smoothie. having fasted once again. we were going to have it in 24 hours! Blood Work and Recovery This morning. Could things get even better?! Instead of waiting several days for any other pharmacy to order methyl. made with coconut water. I headed off to the pharmacy. and then called 4 more.B12 shots for us. to quickly replenish what I was about to lose. I was smacking my lips in pure delight. armed with a green smoothie. but yet again. ”Methyl. I was at the lab by 8:00 am. We were out of luck. 10 vials of blood later.P a g e | 28 To help him with replenishing the blood he lost. iron and protein: {radish/cucumber salad and quinoa pilaff} Immediately after. it seemed–none of the labs even knew what Methylcobalamin was. All of them carried the less preferable. Later. even the nasty kind. my day kept getting better. I ended up getting there 40 minutes before the place opens. A wonderful young lady let me in early so I can be on my way. private pharmacies that could give us hope. since we could not get to it in time yesterday. we can’t fill it for you and neither can we order it. Thank God for GPS! I typed in PHARMACY as my search word and looked for local. and a bottle of filtered water. On the third try I found a local compounding pharmacy that did not only know what methylcobalamin was–they were formulating it in their lab.

*you do not need a prescription to get B-12 in a form of a supplement. Treatment Safety First let me start with this. I was fortunate to have heard back from his assistant [one who holds a PhD nonetheless ]. you can order it on-line [options below].P a g e | 29 Pure Happiness There are few times in our lives when we feel purely happy. I’m told the Paris fire brigade use the B12 treatment routinely. Just How Safe is B-12? I recently wrote to Dr.000 mg or 5 million mcg) and a fireman who inhales smoke without breathing apparatus could get two doses 20 mins apart. for just moments. once you take your labs [i. so. how to get it diagnosed and asking for right tests. when. so they might dose their firemen and women Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . It seemed that the heaven itself opened and made all things easy and possible. talk to your doctor about starting treatment immediately. What level of B12 could be too much? To put it bluntly. Part VIII: B-12 Treatment Options Deficiency– In this part. what you can do at home. and what pitfalls to avoid. give your blood and urine]. B-12 vitamin injections/tablets* are totally safe–you cannot overdose on them. The information for this post comes from my research of various studies done on the topic. you watched him in the video in this post. I lived through several of such moments in the last couple of days. Chandy–the physician in the UK that treats a lot of his patients with B12 injections. no level is too much. lining up in perfect symphony to make a path for me toward this next step on my way to full recovery. and it is NOT toxic. should you decide not to get tested. having already told you about who might be at risk of B-12 deficiency. on my personal approach to treatment. although I would strongly suggest it. there are no side effects. and also reading Could it Be B12? as well as B-12 Exposed. The treatment for cyanide poisoning using B12 is 5 g (5. we want nothing more than what we already have.000 mcg) twice per week by infusion.e. I am going to tell you about treatment options you can ask for from your doctor. so even if you have healthy levels of B-12 you are safe to do injections or take supplements. and you might have learned this from my last post. Here is what he told me about safety of B-12: “…one doctor we know of gives 100 mg (100. or through your local health food store.

If you have an autoimmune disease or digestive problems. “ Now. 300-450 pg/ml–subtle deficiency should ask for B-12 injections. it is my money that pays for it. and some of it will absorb through your salivary glands–it is a better option than tablets you have to swallow. I would not hesitate to ask for injections even if I came up with 550 pg/ml and was symptomatic–after all. with injections a difference can be felt within the same day. You might wonder if there is a reason for it. cyanocobalamin Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . It makes their urine turn red (cobalt red not blood red). your stomach won’t be able to process of absorb B-12 effectively. 200-300 pg/ml–intermediate deficiency 2. even if you fall in the gray zone [300-450 pg/ml--subtle deficiency] but are very symptomatic. With all these options. and even 3. While all other types of supplementation/treatment might take time to show benefits. remember that there is no danger of overdosing! In addition to that studies* have shown that even omnivores with “normal” B-12 levels can greatly benefit from injections. There is a form of B-12 called lozenges. I am not sure what is! So. [*Source] Types of B-12 {Cobalamin} Treatments B-12 is produced in three forms used for B-12 deficiency treatments: 1. be emphatic with your doctor to request injections. There are also B-12 patches you can apply behind your ear. don’t worry–you simply can’t overdose! Options There are several approaches to treating B-12 deficiency. injections have been proven to be the best way to go–injections are administered into the muscle. alleviating such symptoms as depression. going directly into the blood stream. which is supposed to store part of our B-12 storage by design already. and the answer is YES! If you take B-12 orally. if that is not safe.P a g e | 30 more than once per month with these incredibly high doses. <200 pg/ml–severe deficiency. most of the vitamin gets lost during digestion process. and a sense of wellbeing was reported in many. that you can take by placing tablets under your tongue. and again. Another option is B-12 nasal spray–which will bypass your digestive system altogether. but I believe they don’t even get to sit out the rest of the shift (nor do they need to). However. so you will be wasting your time and money. like a candy. especially in those suffering from severe deficiency or neurological deficiency symptoms. Everyone who is in the danger zone: 1. so that B-12 would absorb through your skin.

Furthermore.” [Source] Since 1970′s several researches presented strong cases to remove cyanocobalamin as an option for treatment altogether. unfortunately is not as familiar in the US. 80% of the injected cyanocobalamin dose is excreted within the first 24-hours [Source]. It is unfortunate that the US still has not heeded their educated advice. which unfortunately is the case. and it is more available to cells and is processed more efficiently by them. and it is often one of the ONLY promising treatments for these tragic diseases.” [Source] With this information you should be outraged to see cyanocobalamin in pre-natal vitamins. and methylcobalamin is superior to methylcobalamin. as you have read in my last post. while Great Britain got on board with their recommendations. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . Studies show that a small oral dose of methylcobalamin results in a greater accumulation of cobalamin in the liver than an oral dose of cyanocobalamin. the United States has virtually ignored the hundreds of studies that show the benefits this simple vitamin can bring. Methylcobalamin. While Japan uses methylcobalamin nearly exclusively and it is the form present in prescription vitamin B-12 there. In contrast hydroxocobalamin has a greater retention rate [28-days after injection retention rates is nearly three times greater than cyanocobalamin]. hydroxocobalamin methylcobalamin Studies have shown that hydroxocobalamin is superior to cyanocobalamin.P a g e | 31 2.” [Source] “Degenerative neurological problems are where methylcobalamin shows its greatest benefits over other cobalamin preparations. not even to doctors. “bypasses several potentially problematic steps of B-12 metabolism. [Source] Methylcobalamin. but it is entire ineffective for several conditions related to vitamin B-12 deficiency. so cyanocobalamin can be life-threatening to them. and methylcobalamin is retained approximately three times longer in the tissue than cyanocobalamin. You will be surprised to find out that cyanocobalamin is made with poison–cyanide. Cyanocobalamin is the WORST choice of B-12! ”Not only does cyanocobalamin require a higher dosage for the same effectiveness of hydroxocabalamin. 3. unlike its two less effective cousins. and who needs that in their bodies? Not only that but patients with Leber’s neuropathy cannot properly clear cyanide from their system. methylcobalamin provides the body with methyl groups essential for various biological oxidation-reductions.

you can ask your physician. for some for the rest of their lives. Sally M Pacholok. or even 100 mcg. look for the same options as in injections– methycobalamin is still the best way to go. There are many dosage options out on the market. once we go on a biweekly regimen. At the time I did not know any better and settled for 500 mcg lozenges. for one reason or another. followed by 3. or your doctor. or. The bi-monthly/monthly injections after the initial treatment can be maintained as long as needed.000 mcg/day of B-12 provided a huge relief to my muscle spasms–something I had not experienced for years. Again.000-5. are not going to make much of a difference even for people with normal levels of B-12. Intramuscular injections of B12—1. When I shopped for B-12 for the first time a couple of years back. if you are able to properly and easily absorb B-12 vitamin through other forms of supplementation. followed by 2.000 mcg daily or every other day for 5-7 days. We are also planning to supplement with sublingual B-12 in-between our shots.P a g e | 32 How Much B-12? If you are low and your doctor agrees to B-12 injections. If you read my first article. ask for the one without preservatives. the upkeep can be done with those options.000+ mcg/dose. you know that even a short treatment with 5. Sublingual and Oral Dosage If you. When ordering methylcobalamin from a pharmacy. It is like a grain of sand on a large beach–it will be lost and you would have wasted your precious time and money.000+ mcg/dose. decide that you are not doing injections. or. or his/her nurse.000 mcg either weekly. remember that B-12 is not toxic and you cannot overdose. RN. we are going to go through 3 months of injection treatment. to be individualized for each patient. bi-weekly or monthly. Personally. so doing both.000 mcg weekly for four weeks. the author ofCould it Be B12? book. when choosing B-12 supplementation. Intramuscular injections of B12—1. I know that Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . injections and supplementation is totally safe. I can tell you. to teach you how to give injections yourself. Initial intramuscular injections of B12—1. Had I known then what I know now I would have gone with at least 2. assuming that you will request methylcobalamin [fight for it tooth and nail--it will be worth your money]. if at all possible. that 6 mcg. I found options ranging from 25 mcg/dose to 6. then we will have a check up and either continue with injections or/and switch to sublingual form of B-12. Patients can get their injections at their doctor’s office. if you are a brave soul like me and wish to save money. 25 mcg. suggest the following regimen: 1. however.

000 mcg of B-12 or more a day. And yet again. What I Use The moment my blood was drawn today.P a g e | 33 it can be misleading to read on a bottle that the dosage you take is 8000% of daily value– remember that a lot of it gets lost in the absorption/retention process. since I was holding off on supplementing with B-12 for the last week and a half. I popped in a 5. and later in the day followed up with another one. remember that YOU CANNOT OVERDOSE WITH B-12! So. which also happens to be safe for vegans to use: The same company produces a different strength of this supplement: There are other formulas that come recommended by those in the vegan community: choose between 1000 and 5000 mcg Liquid option of methylcobalamin: Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . Can you blame me? I just want to feel better FAST! I used Jarrow formula of methylcobalamin.000 mcg lozenge into my mouth. don’t be timid and afraid to go for 5.

if B-12 deficiency goes untreated. 4. 3. what’s the worst that can happen if you don’t catch your B-12 deficiency or get misdiagnosed? This will vary for every single person. can range from: 1. including our DNA. 5. As such. so the deficiency can express itself in whichever way you can imagine. 2.P a g e | 34 and a couple of patches of methylcobalamin: and [if you click on images you will be taken to the area where you can order any of these supplements] Part IX: B-12 Deficiency–Dangers of Deficiency and Resources Dangers B-12 Deficiency and Misdiagnosis So. infertility tingling/numbness in your extremities severe headaches onset of early menopause insomnia Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . As I explained before: B-12 is involved in pretty much every single process in our body. it can also mimic several very vicious diseases. The issues. having the same symptoms.

especially dangerous in children [that's why all pregnant and breastfeeding mothers should test and supplement!] and older adults–that’s why their levels of B-12 should be higher then even the rest of the general population. frequent falls 11. Examples Just to show you how dangerous misdiagnosis can be. leaving her permanently crippled. She is unable to work as a nurse because of her disability and has moved to a one-story home because she could no longer do up and down stairs. and has irreversible cognitive deficit. and draw. JJ’s neurologic status continued to deteriorate to the point where he needed a wheelchair. uses specialized crutches to walk. slowly losing his ability to walk. who suffered great neurological injury due to misdiagnosed B12 deficiency.” Vicki told a newspaper reporter. I immediately scheduled an appointment with my doctor to get tested. Parkinson-like symptoms. they can include but are not limited to: Autism-like symptoms. autoimmune diseases: Alzheimer-like symptoms. Vicki L.’” _____________________________ “In December 2007. neurological disorders. etc. ”I can remember lying in bed and feeling death would be better because I was sick. 8. you can’t imagine. etc. Reflecting back on those issues.. and none of his doctors could figure out why. paralysis 9. bi-polar disorders. write. I will give you a few examples I read about in Could it Be B12? book. dementia. ‘Unless someone were in my shoes. memory loss 10. that’s why the moment I realized this vitamin’s importance. pernicious anemia… which can literally live up to its name and be deadly and everything else listed in these two posts: B-12 Deficiency–A Road To Recovery & Vitamin B-12 Deficiency Can Cause Hair Loss/B-12 Deficiency-the Great Mimicker. Vicki charged doctors at each of these institutions failed to diagnose her B12 deficiency.–all of which can be quickly addressed if caught in time! 7. do you think you would want to risk ignoring something that can be treated so simply and quickly if caught on time? I know that I don’t. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . a 50-year old woman. She suffers from chronic painful neuropathy. received a $3 million out-of-court settlement from two hospitals and two physician groups.P a g e | 35 6. schizophrenia. “In 2000. He then became jaundiced. the Toronto Sun reported the case of a 12-year old boy named JJ. developmental delays. lower IQ. JJ was in and out of the Hospital for Sick Children for more than eight months. and his pediatrician worried that JJ’s organs were shutting down.

Pop had changed from a healthy jogger and loving grandfather into a confused. he hit the medical history books because no one has been as bad as him.’ Over time.’ his mother said.” Are you angry yet?! I hope you are.’ [But] JJ did not have a bizarre disorder. His ability to concentrate was impaired. His eyes were vacant. going through IVFs. and some that I know. infertility treatments. the levels were at… ZERO! ”As a result. Yet none of his doctors knew the signs or symptoms. told of her shock when she saw ‘Pop. he’d have pitched straight forward onto his face. JJ’s simple B12 deficiency progressed to the point where it injured his myelin and nerves. Parkinson’s. and spending thousands of dollars on futile and painful attempts to become parents. when an answer can be simple. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . dementia. SEVEN!. healthy patient of hers. including diagnoses and treatment. and blaming “old age” on it. Leslie Bernstein. and he had trouble using his hands and legs. which is so simple and affordable. he simply had vitamin B12 deficiency. and cost you less than $1000. Can you put a price on that or can you afford to ignore it? How about seeing your parent waste away. despite JJ’s classic presentations. while they could be treated and be full of life and contributing to their families and society in general? “In an article in Discover magazine. But I am not done yet… there is more. When I was reading the book I was in tears because of the pain these people. Can you put a price sticker on that pain and heartache? Or can you determine the depth of pain of being unable to conceive. secondary to pernicious anemia. ’If his grandson hadn’t been holding him up. B12 is essential for bone-forming cells called osteoblasts. or even falls and memory lapses.” When the doctors finally did check JJ’s B-12. Watch this video again.’ she said. miscarriages before finally finding a doctor who could properly diagnose and treat her. and JJ was found to have osteoporosis in his spine with multiple fractures. it should be illegal not to test for it annually! But let me give you more to be angry about and cry about. MD. yes. A year after treatment. ’…He stumped everyone {doctors}. of his chronic misdiagnosis. JJ received a diagnosis of subacute combined degeneration of the spinal cord. ’Saliva dribbled from the corners of his mouth. Remember the woman I told you about? The one that had seven. he was being home-schooled and needed to use a walker. have gone through only because our medical community is not properly trained or is too ignorant and arrogant to pay attention to such a vital component to our health. incontinent man whose doctors diagnosed him as having senile dementia. due to Alzheimer’s.’ a formerly active.P a g e | 36 ‘I was watching my son dying in front of my eyes and no one would do anything.

’” [Source: Could it Be B12?] Have I gotten your attention yet? I hope I have. who almost immediately thought of a more logical explanation for Pop’s drastic decline: Due to his age and vegetarian diet. he was probably B-12 deficient. with injections. I also hope that you will spread this information to the people you love and care about– don’t let them suffer. no one. I hope you have learned enough to now know that it is your responsibility to become even more educated on the topic and ask your doctor for annual checkups [remember that one test (blood serum) might not be enough to show the entire picture of your B-12 level]. Within two days. like I have to do with the ones I love–in the long run the worst that could happen is you helping them to get better. He did not make a full recovery–he continued to have a short attention span and to cry easily–but he didn’t need to spend the rest of his life in a nursing home. Dr.P a g e | 37 Pop’s blood work looked normal. if they do not supplement. His psychiatrist had concluded that he suffered from ‘toxic/organic disease without significant depression. Bernsteinquickly ordered blood work that showed that Pop had B12 levels too low to measure. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . his family brought him to see Dr. Now I will share the resources I used in my study and research. Bernstein. It is OK if someone thinks that you are weird by connecting a possible vitamin deficiency to their pains and aches. where animals are kept on a junk food diet of M & M’s. leaving out minor sources. except his red cells were slightly larger than normal. however. It is no longer true. it is OK if you become assertive and maybe a little pushy. we are now all at risk of B12 deficiency. modern farming and animal farming practices. and are raised in dangerous and miserable conditions. and. makes it impossible to live thinking that as long as we eat meat we are OK.’ Luckily. and that includes you. Lesson Learned I hope I have also shown you that regardless of your age or diet. and within a week he could play card games and talk coherently on the phone. although I will list only the ones that had a lot of information to offer. he could control his bowels and bladder. if needed. If in the past people could rely on animal foods as their B-12 source. Pop received an injection of B12 and by the next morning he could sit up by himself. potato chips and corn… and even parts of their less fortunate dead comrades. Albeit vegans and vegetarians are more prone to B-12 deficiency decline quicker. is exempt from B-12 deficiency and its possible horrible side effects. as well as supplementing every day. labeled with ‘senile dementia. and that is worth the risk of ridicule! Resources I have already told you about the shots you can request and the types of vitamins you can use to supplement your lifestyle. fraught with dirt and diseases.

P a g e | 38 Books Could it Be B12? by Sally M Pacholok. RN. BSN & Jeffrey J Stuart. Chandy of UK. MA. offers a FREE webinar on B-12 that will be worth every single moment you spend listening to it and watching it. Web-Sites  B-12 Deficiency Patient Support Group–run by wonderful supporters of Dr. It just happened that I found out about his webinar just as I was starting to do my research on B-12 [it could not have been more timely]. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . David Rainoshek. MA [e-book] Webinar David Rainoshek. I enjoyed the information he shared so much that I ended up buying his e-book [see above] immediately. DO B-12 Exposed. All you have to do to register is click through this link . and pick the next time it is offered.

RN.P a g e | 39    B12 Awareness. Inc. LONG time.com–the first thread I came upon when I just started doing my research. you can also get your uMMA done through them Wrongdiagnosis. BSN & Jeffrey J Stuart. run by authors of Could it Be B12? Sally M Pacholok.vega-licious. visit www. It prompted me to take a deeper look at my own symptoms. I have not read the entire thread–it spans over 3 years! All of these resources should be enough to keep even the most curious of minds going for a LONG. (NCL)–site is loaded with information on urinary MMA testing. I wish you all the best and best health. DO Norman Clinical Laboratory. [To learn about my progress.com] Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins .

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