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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

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

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

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

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

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

We continued to pray for healing. we would actually rather discover a method which would keep us healthy for the rest of our lives. 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. So. was that since Hubby exercised regularly. medication that was supposed to reduce his cholesterol levels. there was nothing else that could be done by us to make the problem go away.) His doctor told us that the only way to take care of the problem was to take medication. his high cholesterol was written off to heredity—the ever-responsible for all evils of the world genes. audacity. but in reality it is not. but had multiple side-effects. Hubby had to have blood work done every three months to see if the medication was damaging any of his other organs. ate "healthy" (or so we thought) and was not overweight. So. as the levels were gradually increasing. we began to ask Him for wisdom. 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.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. We realized that rather than having an instantaneous healing. His reasoning. so we agreed. At the time we did not know any better and were quiet frightened. knowing that God was not ignoring us. bravery or stupidity. It has become the new norm in the States during the last century. primarily kidneys and liver. Instead of asking God for healing. However. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . Needless to say. Call it what you want. as great as that would have been. Hubby went on Zocor. having examined our lifestyle and diet. and changed our prayers. 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. 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. we examined ourselves. but it has not always been so. We did not want Hubster to continue on medication risking his long-term health.

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

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

as well as my busy life. 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. My OBGYN. In addition to developing a hormone imbalance. optometrist Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . 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. Once on it. 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. followed by hair loss. skin issues. orthopedic doctor offered a surgery. out of sheer ignorance. which went misdiagnosed for over 5 years. depression. and eventually.P a g e | 11 My Quest to Health As I previously mentioned. took a toll on my health. That was the only thing that the medication was able to accomplish. the weight started to pile on [I maxed out at 168 lbs on my small frame]. at times barely able to get out of bed]. placed me on birth control to regulate my cycle. So much for helping! Medication did nothing more than to mask my mounting problems. severe dry eye syndrome. the entire journey of Hubby's treatments and recovery. I also gained a "few" extra pounds.

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

given time. 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. lack of rest and poor nutrition. had a common root—hormone imbalance caused by hypothyroidism. treating my physical body with respect and dignity and giving it all things necessary for optimal health.3 points per year.’ He used it to describe our innate defense mechanism in the face of a threat or danger. Although my medical doctor told me that hypothyroid condition is irreversible. My conclusion was that if I did things to encourage poor health.905. rest. *Fight or Flight Syndrome Definitinions and Explanation taken from Fight or Flight Therapy site. nutrition and exercise. although the full recovery process from depression took a little while.e. In January of 2008 I did just that. but also better stress managements. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . thus reversing health issues that were created in the process. My further research had also confirmed that all of the ailments I had were not independent of one another. As my body struggled through aforementioned neglectful habits. Harvard physiologist Walter Cannon was the first to coin the term ‘fight or flight. which in turn was caused by severe stress. The tests had confirmed what I long suspected and what my numerous specialists failed to accomplish—I was finally diagnosed as hypothyroid.) With diagnosis I finally knew what I was up against. It meant forming better habits not only when it came to nutrition. i. 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 TSH could have been as high as 6. but the beginning of healing from it was glorious. all I needed to do is to have it confirmed by a specialist. Confirmation Having come to the conclusion that I was hypothyroid. which in turn affected many other physical processes. If my statistical guess is correct. as ever since diagnosis it kept dropping by an average 1.P a g e | 13 the pill.2 or higher prior to us converting to a vegan diet. emphasis mine Back in the 1930’s. but on the contrary. it depleted itself of minerals and vitamins necessary to maintain optimal thyroid function. I should be able to do things that would help me retrace my steps and correct my wrongs. My TSH was at 4. (My suspicion is that prior to our diet change it was higher.

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

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

we did not realize that the answer to our prayers was as close as the hand is to the mouth.66 0.7 January 2008 4.11 July 2009 131 mg/dL 31 60 65 2.905 1. I had changed my view of foods and medicine radically. I am in total control of what goes into my body. Through the process I learned patience.P a g e | 16 Cholesterol Triglycerides HDL LDL Ratio TSH T4 T3 May 2006 179 mg/dL 77 66 98 2. as it had to this point.9 July 2010 1.23 0. and not for only then and there.9 3. medication is to be used only in critical conditions and only until we are able to improve our health naturally. I reconditioned my mind and my body. and I am certainly in better shape physically than I had been for many years. I am no longer diagnosed as hypothyroid. The doctor who diagnosed me in 2008 could barely believe the results when I went back to see him in January of 2011. With all the prayers we prayed and tears we cried in the beginning. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . In my opinion.8 3. Answered Prayers As we got better we knew that our prayers have been answered. although there is still room for improvement.2 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. I am looking forward to even a healthful future. but we were equipped for a lifelong journey.1 As of today I am feeling better than ever. I know that my health will only continue to improve.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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:

100 calories (15 oz.) of spinach has 12 grams of protein Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins

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. The studies had shown to be true for many types of cancer. but he worked with lab animals. Further studies were done to see if other nutrients would have any effect on cancer promotion. these are astounding findings. Dr.P a g e | 29 100 calories (2 tablespoons) of raw chickpeas has 5 grams of protein 100 calories (about 1.) of steak has 13 grams or protein Protein a Cancer Promoter? As mentioned before. The study. The project surveyed a vast range of diseases. He initiated a nationwide survey to collect information about a disease that wasn’t well understood. The end result was a color-coded atlas showing where certain types of cancer were high and where almost nonexistent.5 oz. lifestyle and disease ever done with humans in the history of biochemical research. Secondly. The China Study The study was jointly arranged through Cornell University. even at higher level of intake.” First. The survey involved 650.000 workers. Campbell also directed the most comprehensive study on diet. 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. not all protein is created equal. Oxford University and the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . You might say: “Well. let me introduce this important bit of information to you: most pharmaceutical studies are performed on lab animals as well. Chou Enlai. the premier of China. Plant protein does not promote cancer growth. was dying of cancer. known as The China Study produced more than 8. diet and lifestyle factors in rural China and in Taiwan.

diabetes.) The China Study had also allowed to study and compare other diseases.) 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.P a g e | 30 The atlas made it clear that in China cancer was geographically localized. In rural China only 9-10% of total calories comes from protein and only 10% of the protein comes from animal based foods.8 34 United States 1989 34-38 12 91 10-11 18 (In rural China.) The atlas served as a launch pad to form a new team and further investigate findings. Campbell’s team gathered data on 367 variables. 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. leukemia. They do not have fast food for breakfast. New York Times called it “the Grand Prix of epidemiology. (Cancer incidents in China are less common than in the U.1 g/day. Italian for lunch and microwave meals for dinner.5 33 64 0. breast. and not genetics. (Realize that Chinese dietary habits are unlike those of Americans. measured everything families ate over a 3-day period and analyzed food samples from marketplaces around the country. liver). 15-16% of our total calories come from protein and upward of 80% of this amount comes from animal-based foods. The team went into 65 counties across China and administered questionnaires and blood tests to 6500 adults. coronary heart disease Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . animal protein intake averages 7. which would be equivalent to about 3 chicken nuggets from McDonald’s.000 statistically significant associations between lifestyle. childhood. Dr.S. lung.” In America. Diseases of Affluence (Nutritional Extravagance) Cancer (colon. The study supplied more than 8. diet and disease variables. stomach. It further showed that cancer was largely due to environmental/lifestyle factors. brain. They took urine samples. Here are the findings.

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

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.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. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins .

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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

Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . Injection of this hormone forces cows to increase their milk production by about 10%. and that it is safe for consumers. supported by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). insists that rBGH milk is indistinguishable from natural milk. due to the mastitis commonly induced by rBGH.  IGF-1 blocks natural defense mechanisms against early submicroscopic cancers." Monsanto. and antibiotics used to treat the mastitis. 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.  rBGH milk is supercharged with high levels of a natural growth factor (IGF-1). while posing dangers. is already suing one large Midwest milk producer for using the label. This is blatantly false:  rBGH makes cows sick. colon. to consumers. 1994 Article: A Needless New Risk of Breast Cancer The Food and Drug Administration recently warned dairy producers.  rBGH factory farms pose a major threat to the viability of small dairy farms. March 20.  Excess levels of IGF-1 have been incriminated as a cause of breast. especially in view of the current national surplus of milk. as there is "no significant difference between milk from treated and untreated cows. including mastitis.  rBGH milk is contaminated with rBGH.  rBGH enriches Monsanto. Los Angeles Times. traces of which are absorbed through the gut. The FDA states that such labeling could be "false or misleading" under federal law.  rBGH milk is chemically and nutritionally different than natural milk. Monsanto has been forced to admit to about 20 toxic effects. Monsanto. maker of the hormone. without any benefits. which is readily absorbed through the gut. and prostate cancers. on its POSILAC label.  rBGH milk is contaminated by pus.P a g e | 36 trade name POSILAC.

But by gerrymandering these explicit data. I warned that the effects of IGF-1 "could include premature growth stimulation in infants. they are largely bound to protein and thus probably less biologically active than the unbound IGF-1 in treated milk. These concerns are not new.  IGF-1 induces rapid division and multiplication of normal human breast epithelial cells in tissue cultures. 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 1989 letter to the FDA."  Neither the FDA nor Monsanto has investigated the effects of long-term feeding of IGF-1 and treated milk on growth.  IGF-1 maintains the malignancy of human breast-cancer cells. These effects were seen at a small fraction of injected doses given to control rats. division and differentiation.P a g e | 37  The biotech hormone induces a marked and sustained increase in levels of insulin-like growth factor-1. in cow's milk. particularly in infants. Cows injected with the biotech hormone show heavy localization of IGF-1 in breast (udder) epithelial cells." More recently. or IGF-1. including their invasiveness and ability to spread to distant organs.  It is highly likely that IGF-1 promotes transformation of normal breast epithelium to breast cancer. the FDA alleged that IGF-1 "lacks oral toxicity. 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. this does not occur in untreated cows. 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 .  The breast tissues of female fetuses and infants are sensitive to hormonal influences. 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. While human and normal bovine IGF-1 are identical. [breast enlargement] in young children and breast cancer in adult females.  IGF-1 is not destroyed by pasteurization or digestion and is readily absorbed across the intestinal wall.  IGF-1 regulates cell growth. particularly in premenopausal women.

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

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

it is not the lack of information that is killing people. The information is available to the general public. A lot of research has been done on links between nutrition and health. 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.P a g e | 40  Type 1 diabetes is convincingly linked to infant feeding practices. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . apparently. the message that would bring more money into their pockets. So.

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

It prohibited the interstate transportation and sale of adulterated food. By 1912 the commercial food interests forced Dr. The same synthetic Thiamin is found in the majority of vitamins available to the public. coated. When grain is processed bran is removed. Wiley from his office as the head of the USDA’s Bureau of Chemistry because he was considered a purist. colored. has had any essential component removed in whole or part. or is the product of a diseased animal or an animal that has died other than by slaughtering. but it is of epidemic proportions. 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.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. The disease is thought to be rare. 1906. 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. It was called the Pure Food and Drug Act. the industry goes back and “fortifies” it with synthetic Thiamin. Synthetic Thiamin interferes with normal thiamin metabolism. Example of FDA cover-up Through refining process white flour loses 30 critical nutrients. which is a B-vitamin. From 1939 to 1949. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . Without this vitamin the heart muscle begins to show the effect of Beriberi disease. has had poisonous or harmful additions made to it. Instead of dealing with problems we are provided an arsenal of drugs to cover up the symptoms. 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. has been blended. The times have changed the integrity of the FDA. When Thiamin is lost in white flour. Because of this the valves do not fit correctly. is composed of filthy or decomposed animal or vegetable matter. or stained to conceal damage or inferiority. is substituted in whole or part by another substance. resulting in murmurs and valve problems. The heart muscles develop flabby enlargements and loss of contractibility. One of the primary nutrients found in bran is Thiamin. By 1931 the Bureau of Chemistry was dismantled and evolved into the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). normally found in wheat flour. He was adamant that adulterated food created physical damage to the body. to satisfy the FDA requirements. Harvey W.

contributing to a range of problems. Most US Americans use too many products made with refined grains. which would lead us to conclude that many suffer from vitamins B and E deficiency. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . 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.

I now would like to as you a question: If there was a way that would point us to less cancer. 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. and I presented facts that changed my health to you. including a mixture of lettuces. peas. high in potassium Oranges are rich in calcium. less heart disease. potatoes 4 33 29. osteoporosis. spinach. folate. fewer strokes. 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. is sufficient to bring mineral and protein intakes into line with general recommendations Such vegetables also provide vitamin K. chicken. pork. broccoli and darker leaves such as kale and spinach.919 31 Animal-Based Foods Equal Parts of beef. less obesity. 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. 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. calcium and protein About 500 g per day of green vegetables.P a g e | 44 Good News Revisited I love hard facts. diabetes. less kidney stones and blindness.

chicken. potatoes 20 548 545 Animal-Based Foods Equal Parts of beef. pork. peas. 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. while the infinite complexity of nature is being ignored and disregarded. lima beans.P a g e | 45 Nutrient Plant-Based Foods Equal parts of tomatoes. spinach. 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 .

An enzyme acts as catalyst for specific chemical reactions. converting a specific set of reactants (called substrates) into specific products. When you eat fruits and vegetables. Even multivitamins are isolated from all the natural compounds found in raw fruits and vegetables. life as we know it would not exist.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. but there are processes going on in plants all the same]. Enzymes are “guides”. Raw [uncooked] foods are rich in enzymes. these phytochemicals are also absorbed into the body and work together to maintain and even improve our health by helping to prevent disease. Enzymes and Raw Foods Enzyme: A protein (or protein-based molecule) that speeds up a chemical reaction in a living organism. 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. Enzymes convert:  fats and oils into simple fatty acids  complex carbs into simple sugars  proteins into amino acids Living enzymes help digestion. dietary supplements in the form of pills or capsules usually only contain large doses of one or two vitamins. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . In contrast. They get nutrients to where they are needed the most in the body. as they are living organisms [not in the same sense as human bodies. We have a certain amount of enzymes for each function. Enzymes are used by our body for every function it must perform. Without enzymes. These isolated nutrients have not proven to be effective or even safe. minerals or phytochemicals.

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

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

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

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P a g e | 56 Appendix A: Truth about Protein Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins .

are broken down into individual amino acids. through digestion. We first must understand what protein is. and they get indignant when you suggest they quit meats and dairy. There are 22 different types of amino acid and our bodies need all of them to function properly. Proteins. They are termed non-essential because they can be manufactured by the body. What is Protein? Protein became the new American mantra about 100 years ago. let me tell you what protein is. Now. Interestingly enough. when. instead of answering their question. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . and I mean CONSTANTLY. collagen is a protein and is vital for the strength. since they were led to believe that is the only true source of protein. which combine together into different structures to form the various types of protein that the body requires.” People almost get a religious glow on their faces when they talk about it.P a g e | 57 As someone who eats a 100% vegan diet I am constantly. before I tell you where and how you get your protein. Amino acids are chemical compounds containing carbon. thus they are dubbed essential. elasticity and composition of our hair and skin. The amino acids are then absorbed and reform in order to create new proteins that are then used by the body. I ask them a question: “What is protein?” they have a blank look on their face. Eventually I got smarter and instead of answering the question. which all play an important role in the function of the body. Out of the 22 there are 14 non-essential amino acids. They also failed to know what protein is for. Proteins are made up of long chains of amino acids. With education on the topic of protein lacking it is really pointless to tell people where to get protein. The 22 types of amino acid are divided into two groups: essential and non-essential amino acids. hydrogen. For example. 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 rest have to be derived from food. oxygen and nitrogen. There are many forms of protein. 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. So. I would first ask a question in return: “Can you tell me what Protein is?” Over 90% of the people did not know. asked this question: “But where do you get your protein?” In the beginning of our vegan journey I took the time to explain it.

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

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

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

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 .P a g e | 61 Sweet fruit averages about 4-8% protein delicious.

there is more than ample protein in the raw/vegan food diet. thus preventing overeating. think about the simplest most digestible form of protein available—plant protein. How much protein should we eat each day? The average American consumes 15-20% of protein. The rich content of fiber.e. The national average of 15-16% is about 70-100 grams of protein. and I have studied this subject extensively and applied it in my own life. etc. As far as I know. 6% for pregnant women and 7% for women who are nursing. Colin Campbell. Is too much protein bad for you? Glad that you asked! It is a question that begs to be answered. resulting in many of our modern day illnesses. especially following the statements I had just made. From my observation and personal experience I find it altogether impossible. The only harmful protein that you can consume is animal protein. autoimmune diseases. By these figures. regardless of how much of it you consume. World Health Organizations recommends only 5% of calorie intake as protein. various forms of cancer. skip the middle “man” (animal products) and get straight to the source. unprocessed and as close to its natural state as possible) it is almost impossible to overeat on any give nutrient. most people suffer from protein overdose. These days. vitamins.000 calories a day. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins .P a g e | 62 So. read The China Study by T. studies have shown (refer to The China Study) that plant protein. The more you consume of it. the more risk you are placing yourself in and making yourself more susceptible to various diseases. 10% dietary protein is equivalent to eating about 50-60 grams of protein per day. It is also important to note that when we consume whole plant based diet (i. is not harmful at all. nutrients and minerals makes you feel full faster. which is much higher than the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of 10%. you need only around 37 grams of protein. enzymes. hormone imbalances. such as coronary diseases. On the other hand. If you’re interested in reading more on the subject. skin problems. next time you start worrying about your protein needs being met. 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. diabetes. even if you are an avid athlete and are burning 3.

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

is 100% digestible. foods that will give you energy instead of foods that will deprive you of energy. Eat foods that make sense—foods that are easily digestible and are easy to eliminate. such as found in milk. Plant and human protein. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . Think long-term. In Conclusion Animal protein. such as found in breast milk. is only 50% digestible by the human body. not immediate pleasure.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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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]. 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].

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 food and oil getting scarce. Crops grown in this manner are mere holograms: from the outside they may look like food. Mother nature simply does not allow large concentrations of weak organisms to survive. a disastrous cycle was created. as these crops were attacked by mother nature's cleanup crew: insects. Most readers here are aware that our soils have become depleted and acidified. Let's continue with our history lesson. while the petrochemical companies have only gotten richer and more powerful. the killing of nutrients. It appeared fast growth was not healthy growth. however. Congress had an official investigation done into NPK-based agricultural practices. however. which came out in 1936. diabetes. 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. had alarming conclusions and has become known as Senate Document 264. Who wouldn't want that? These days. It warned about a health crisis of unprecedented proportions if these practices were to continue. toxic foods. Their origin? Nerve gas. after which the same companies presented the 'solution' Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . Document 264 was subsequently disregarded. It's not as if we couldn't have known. 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. we are seeing food and oil prices rising. soils have been poisoned and exhausted. The report. fungi. So was the incidence of cancer. The world hunger problem has never been resolved. NPK farming and the pharmaceutical industry was then allowed to thrive. and through bribes got a majority of senators on their side. which can only be described with yet another 'cide': nutricide. How this came to be is not known to everyone. In the 1930s. among which cancer. By selling farmers artificial fertilizer to grow their crops and pesticides to fight off unwanted intruders. but in reality these weakened. 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. and other pathogens. and other 'cides'. cardiovascular disease. fungicides. herbicides. the health of these crops left a lot to be desired. pumped-up crops lack nutritional content. viruses. and other modern welfare diseases which followed as a result. however. Though the NPK method was capable of producing large-scale mono cultures. Thus a system was created in which people were first made sick with non-nutritional. These became the infamous pesticides. The highly powerful chemical industry managed to successfully lobby lawmakers. Humans and animals eating these crops will experience the same poisoning and exhaustion. 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). 'weeds'.

Monsanto's seeds are 'Roundup ready'. Chemical 'treatment' from the cradle to the grave.e. but nature reworked can. so that farmers can get only one harvest out of them. For years. which gave us Agent Orange and DDT. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . but our food reserves as well. There is no patent on nature. i. they are resistant to their feared Roundup pesticide. You read it right. One cannot imagine a greater dependence on an industry which not only aims to control our energy reserves. 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. they have been buying up seed stocks in order to genetically modify and patent them. Monsanto. the seeds have been manipulated in such a way that crops cannot grow without being sprayed with Roundup. is leading this dangerous game. 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. in fact. Monsanto is taking this idea even further.P a g e | 86 with medicines manufactured by their pharmaceutical branches. 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. be patented. making the pesticide the fertilizer! Monsanto also has the technology to insert a so-called 'suicide gene' into their seeds.

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

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

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

P a g e | 90  Marked acceleration of structural disintegration in all foods. As a result microwave ovens were banned in Russia in 1976.000 Times FDA Limits of Carcinogens! As a seventh grade student. Three years later. Microwaved Plastic Wrap has 10. Although she had an idea for studying the effect of microwave radiation on plastic Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . Unfortunately.000. with encouragement from her high school science teacher. the ban was lifted after Perestroika. Claire Nelson learned that di(ethylhexyl)adepate (DEHA). She also learned that the FDA had never studied the effect of microwave cooking on plastic-wrapped food. Claire set out to test what the FDA had not. considered a carcinogen. is found in plastic wrap.

Throughout her junior and senior years. which involved microwaving plastic wrap in virgin olive oil." Xenoestrogens are linked to low sperm counts in men and to breast cancer in women. Dr. Eventually. are not recommended for heating a baby's bottle. Allow enough space between the food and the top of the dish so that plastic wrap does not touch the food. Jon Wilkes at the National Center for Toxicological Research agreed to help her. Hans Ulrich Hertel. then testing it on your wrist before feeding. The FDA standard is 0. but it is much safer".." Her summarized results have been published in science journals. 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.. Warming a bottle by holding it under tap water or by setting it in a bowl of warm water. let her use its facilities to perform her experiments. which is affiliated with the FDA. who is now retired.000. The bottle may seem cool to the touch.” Yes.05 parts per billion. A few years ago. but the liquid inside may become extremely hot and could burn the baby's mouth and throat..P a g e | 91 wrapped food. may take a few minutes longer. some protective properties may be destroyed. worked as a food scientist for many years with one of the major Swiss food companies that do business on a global scale. when I went to USDA web-site here is what the mention about microwave cooking (which.. Interestingly enough. An article in Options reported "her analysis found that DEHA was migrating into the oil at between 200 parts and 500 parts per million. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins .000 Times FDA Limits" Options. published by People Against Cancer. Heating the bottle in a microwave can cause slight changes in the milk. Claire made a couple of trips each week to the research center. In expressed breast milk.Texas) as a senior. "Carcinogens—At 10. to work on her experiment. she did not have the equipment. Claire tested four different plastic wraps and "found not just the carcinogens but also xenoestrogen was migrating [into the oil]. 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 ... there may be a loss of some vitamins.. May 2000.. 515-972-4444. unfortunately. In infant formulas... The Swiss Clinical Study Dr. which was 25 miles from her home. The research center. they do not discourage): “Cover the dish with a lid or plastic wrap.

5. and. 2. 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 milk conventionally cooked. His small but well controlled study showed thedegenerative force produced in microwave ovens and the food processed in them. Blanc of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and the University Institute for Biochemistry. In intervals of two to five days. raw milk. pasteurized milk. the same vegetables cooked conventionally. The research paper itself followed the article. and Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . In 1991. 6. On the cover of the magazine there was a picture of the Grim Reaper holding a microwave oven in one of his hands. changes took place in theparticipants' blood that could cause deterioration in the human system. the same vegetables frozen and defrosted in a microwave oven. 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. Dr. Hertel's scientific study was done along with Dr. the volunteers in the study received one of the following food variants on an empty stomach: 1. 4. 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.P a g e | 92 he was fired from his job for questioning certain processing procedures that denatured the food. raw vegetables from an organic farm. Bernard H. The scientific conclusion showed that microwave cooking changed the nutrients in the food. the same raw milks cooked in a microwave oven. 3. 7.

the same vegetables cooked in the microwave oven. Hertel to the conclusion that such technically derived energies may. 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. blood samples were taken from every volunteer immediately before eating. This process is based on physical principles and has already been confirmed in the literature. indeed. especially the ratio of HDL (good cholesterol) and LDL (bad cholesterol) values. which cannot be accounted for by normal daily deviations. The increase of leukocytes with the microwaved foods were more pronounced than with all the other variants. Atoms. According to Dr. Then. There is extensive scientific literature concerning the hazardous effects of direct microwave radiation on living systems.P a g e | 93 8. Leukocytes are often signs of pathogenic effects on the living system. is taken very seriously by hemotologists. The apparent additional energy exhibited by the luminescent bacteria was merely an extra confirmation. blood samples were taken at defined intervals after eating from the above milk or vegetable preparations. be passed along to man inductively via eating microwaved food. Once the volunteers were isolated. 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. It appears that these marked increases were caused entirely by ingesting the microwaved substances. such as poisoning and cell damage. These changes included a decrease in all hemoglobin and cholesterol values. Significant changes were discovered in the blood samples from the intervals following the foods cooked in the microwave oven. This led Dr. molecules. 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. Technically produced microwaves are based on the principle of alternating current. Additionally. It is astonishing. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . therefore. Hertel "Leukocytosis. Each of these indicators pointed to degeneration.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

and Reproductive Health.creightonmodel. My husband is now involved in our family planning as much as I am. Now we don't only live medication free. as many great husbands out there. of. Who knew it would be as easy as adhering to our natural biology. We are truly a team and equal partners in our marriage. Here are some reference sites for Creighton Model method: www. Pregnancy Achievement. Contact the Webmaster of the linked site to see how you can order a copy. Our intimacy has soared to new heights. Make sure to listed to it with your spouse. I hope that you will consider doing the www. We looked for options that would still allow us to plan our family and keep the joys of intimacy Another great resource that further explains the dangers of birth control is a CD titled: One More Soul: Contraception Why Not. with your fiancé. PhD. taught mostly by the Catholic church.fertilitycare. I also read a wonderful book on natural family planning: Taking Charge of Your Fertility. 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. and saves us money and health.P a g e | 101 On my journey. takes only 2-5 minutes from our daily lives [if that]. We combined both methods. and we shall never look back. That is exactly what Hubby and I did. It's a great addition to other mentioned www.naprotechnology. It deals with the WHYs of natural family planning. We observe my temperature and cervical fluid for accuracy. It is easy. He. Creighton Model Fertility Care method materials can easily be obtained through a local Catholic church.popepaulvi. We came across a wonderful program. if participating. known as the Creighton Model Fertility method. when I discovered the truth about all side-effects of birth control. 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]. as well as some of the OBGYN offices. but we are also free of fear of side effects and causing an unintended miscarriage or risking my life. if you are planning to get married. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . by Janet E Smith. Hubby and I wanted to get away from it as fast and far away as possible. 10th Anniversary Edition: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth www. wanted his wife to be happy and fulfilled.

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

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

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

also deplete B-12 in our systems. the likelihood of B-12 deficiency in me would be more probable. I don’t think I was surprised when 9 out of 10 remaining symptoms had checked off against B-12 deficiencies list. My next query was. The Truth Shall Set Me Free! Faced with this information. 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 . it was obvious that the amounts I did take were insufficient to replenish what I had lost. (This. I will also update this list with time. maybe there could be a different underlying issue. If it were 1 or even 3 symptoms. but 9-out of10… hardly. My study further revealed that birth control medications and antibiotics. apparently no amount of animal B-12 was sufficient to do so. along with other factors that I will mention in my future posts. Although I was still an omnivore at the time when these issues began to happen.P a g e | 105 different time. confirms that it is not only the vegan and vegetarian populations that could fall prey to B-12 deficiencies. With these numbers and facts it could hardly be a coincidence. along with some immunization shots and other meds. as well as scalp scaliness Dark under eye circles [possibility. and one day I will tell you about all. but for now I will run down through B-12 deficiency side effects/symptoms.) 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. could other remaining symptoms that I still carried from my old lifestyle. Once B-12 vitamin has been depleted it has to be replenished aggressively. be contributed to B-12 deficiency? If they could be connected to the same source. Vitamin B-12 Deficiency Symptoms:                Abnormal reflexes Anemia Anisocytosis Anovulation Apathy Ataxia [in children] Bleeding gums Bright red. However. listed in alphabetical order for easier reference. I am sure you are curious to know about all of my symptoms. there was a temporary relief and hope. 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.

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 . 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. ADHD. Autism. vagina. and stomach Excessive/abnormal sweating Exertional Dyspneal Failure to thrive [in children] Falls Fatigue Feeling tired. Alzheimer’s Muscle fatigue Nausea Nerve damage Numbness.Page | 1                                      Enlargement of the mucous membranes of the mouth.

I learned that. There is hope for me to be 100% “normal”! Having reversed hypothyroidism. The list I compiled comes from research. but a couple of books. 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]. it is time to pay attention and schedule an appointment with your doctor. In the next few days I will explore the topic of B-12 deficiency in depth. However. if you find checking off more than a few things from this list. 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. and reading not only various forums and sites. but there is a possibility.Page | 2         Sleepiness Sore tongue/Glossitis Soreness of the mouth Speech problems [in children] Splenomegaly Syncope Tachycardia Tingling. so it is worth checking into it. along with other Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . so you don’t want to miss even one of these posts… trust me on it. one of which I mentioned in my previous post: Could it Be B12? Now. if caught on time. having some of these symptoms does not necessarily mean that you are B-12 deficient. B-12 deficiency can be treated quickly and efficiently with injections. Avoid Self-Treatments When I first came upon this information I became CRAZY with excitement.

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

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

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

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

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

” and anything that might get in the way of B-12 can cause B-12 malabsorption which will lead to deficiency. as it happens to a lot of vegans and vegetarians. vegetarians and omnivores alike. “…the majority of B12-deficient people eat plentiful amounts of the vitamin [i. However. Being that a lot of the processes take place in our stomach and small intestine. animal products]–it’s just that their bodies can’t absorb or use it.” Interestingly enough I found an article written by Dr. and authors of Can it Be B-12?. is not carried out properly by our bodies. vitamin B-12 must follow a complex pathway. show evidence of B-12 deficiency. B-12 goes through five different processes before it can become usable to us. Crohn’s and others.” [don't you appreciate the humor ?] How Does B-12 Work in our Bodies “…to get from your mouth into your bloodstream. even if they eat a ton of animal foods. according to studies. We don’t consume enough B-12. most of which take place in your stomach and small intestine. Nishant Rao. or right kind of B12 2. are very susceptible to not assimilating B-12 properly. you will quickly drift to think that it is only non-animal eating humans who are deficient in this vitamin. 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. If will suffice for me to tell you that if even one of these processes. who do not properly supplement their diets with proper amounts. 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. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . and diseases such as Celiac.e. 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. How Can We Become Deficient in Vitamin B-12 There are two ways it might happen: 1.Page | 6 If you follow the thought pattern that the only way humans can get B-12 is from animals. we become B-12 deficient–vegans. that states the following: “…human feces is loaded with B12 due to these bacteria [bacteria found in the colon. people with gastrointestinal issues.

Consider that CDC is very conservative with their numbers. potassium chloride. ulcer drugs. over the age of 50 are vitamin B-12 deficient. deficiency those who have been exposed to nitrious oxide [drug used in surgeries as anesthetic. gastrointestinal drugs. 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. known as atrophic gastritis. you are at risk of being B-12 deficient. Some liberal estimations had stated that as much as up to 80% of the population might be at risk of being B-12 deficient. If you are younger than 40. certain vaccines. etc] make users susceptible to B-12 deficiency those with hyperthyroidism pregnancy extreme stress alcohol and recreational drugs cause B-12 malabsorption and. 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 . thus.Page | 7 In June 2009. diabetes medication. antibiotics. even in dental surgeries] toxins such as mercury. Statistically if you are over 4o. as current American standard for B-12 deficiency testing is much lower than in other countries [we will address this topic later]. 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. sometimes falling prey to deadly side effects of B-12 deficiency. and they go untreated. which unfortunately causes too many too fall in the gray zone of what is thought to be normal. be it moderately or severely. H2-blockers: Zantac. don’t get too excited yet–studies have shown that even infants can fall prey to B-12 deficiency. Tagament. CDC [Center for Disease Control and Prevention] reported that one out of every 31 people. Pepsid. you have a 40% chance of being low on B-12. By the time you hit 60. as well as children and young adults. antiacids.

This goes to show you that no one is really exempt from B-12 deficiency. especially to the brain and nervous system. 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. I already told you about muscle spasms and brittle nails. become alkaline forming]. Tomorrow I will begin addressing some of the specific diseases caused by B-12 deficiency. so we must be mindful to understand our bodies. In the last post to this series. if not caught in time. I will provide you with a list of resources that you will find helpful. I attributed it to the possibility of these foods having higher acidity level [although plant foods. today I will tell you about one more symptom that I occasionally experience that might be due to B-12 deficiency. not that it helped me any. berries and pineapple.Page | 8     malabsorption syndrome inflammatory bowel disease advanced liver disease genetic mutations The list can go on. 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. and get regular tests… as long as they are done correctly–we will cover that later. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . Dangers of B-12 Deficiency Vitamin B-12 deficiency. Some of my doctors told me I have a geographic tongue. on the rare occasion that I do. however with time I noticed the same thing happening when I had potato chips. So. 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. and how much of it I ate. 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. You can refer to yesterday’s post for the list of possible symptoms of B-12 deficiency. When I ate these foods my tongue. The tongue would become sore very quickly. and later talk about testing and treating B-12 deficiency. when they enter our system. can potentially cause severe and irreversible damage. or even other foods that I would not otherwise suspect. I had to be very watchful of what I ate.

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

the sulphur that should not be present in our bodies in high amounts. pre-eclampsia. or miscarry. the abstract. requiring folate. known as MTHFR or CBS. or have tubal/placenta issues. on most occasions more than once. hang in there. a woman can become infertile. here it is: Low B-12 [deficiency] is directly related to elevated homocysteine* levels. [Source] In layman’s terms: if a woman is short on folate [folic acid].] Well. women can become altogether infertile. and searched… and searched more. or has a genetic errorr. as revolutionary as it was. the woman will develop high level of homocysteine. B6 and B12. Just in case if you need an interpretation. and after prolonged periods of B-12 deficiency. Hang with me on the next paragraph. Defective follicular development. This might not mean much to some of you. impaired chorionic villous vascularization. It is derived from demythylatian of methionine. this might be a glimmer of hope in the darkest of nights. implantation failure and harsh uterine environment were the proposed reasons. or will have problems with implanting an inseminated egg. this is NOT a female issue only. I am reposting it in its entirety: Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . which is normally suppressed by normal levels of B6. B12 and folic 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. I was ecstatic to have found a longer summary of the same study on http://findarticles. Researchers also pointed towards the harmful effects of hhcy on female fertility. causing miscarriages. abruptio placentae and intrauterine growth restriction. 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. When that happens. 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. neural tube defects. I will tell you how B-12 affects your fertility as well. 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.P a g e | 10 causing changes in ovulation or development of the ovum or changes leading to defective implantation. In the field of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. vitamin B6 and B12 as enzymatic co-factors. I searched. only whetted my appetite–I had to know more! So. [Men. and cannot properly absorb these vitamins. The combination of both becomes dangerous to women who conceive.

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

vitamin B12 and B6 can lower hcy concentration. regular menstrual cycle. showed a correlation between B12. Thankfully I found just what I was looking for–another medical study. which was done over a period of one year [April 2008-March 2009]. pre-eclampsia and IUGR. so instead of reposting it here. 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. Materials and methods: This observational study was conducted in Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. along with B6 and 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. Study group consisted of all those women who were subfertile for more then one year. normal pelvic examination findings and no past history of pelvic inflammatory disease. so it is harder for the population to be short on it. however limited information is available about the relationship of hhcy and subfertility. Liaquat University Hospital Hyderabad from 1st April 2008 to 31st March 2009. have body mass index less than 25.P a g e | 12 “What?” you ask. 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"]. 39 (80%) were suffering from primary subfertility while 10 (20%) were complaining of secondary subfertility. Results: In total. and many plant foods contain B6 naturally. Majority of the subjects were young. house wives and residents of Hyderabad city. Objective: To find out the association between unexplained subfertility and hhcy in Pakistani women. Recently its association with infertility has been underscored in IVF failures. deficiency and infertility. Intervention studies have shown that supplementation with folate. In the US a lot of foods are now fortified with folate. so it is just a Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . As you can see. this study too. This one was done in Pakistan: Hyperhomocysteinemia in Pakistani women suffering from unexplained subfertility. ”Could it be?” I asked the same question and needed more information. The article is 4 pages long. 61 subjects were enrolled in the study including 49 subfertile women and 12 healthy women.

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

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

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.P a g e | 15 [make sure to watch the video before going on to the next section] Dr. Chandy Cures Patients with MS & Hair Loss with B-12 Injections So. Since B-12 is involved and essential to so many processes in our bodies. paresthesias. 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]. blindness. our medical community is light years behind in diagnosing B-12 deficiency and treating it properly. you have watched the video. 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. Unfortunately. can mistakenly treat you for the diseases B-12 deficiency can mimic. or vision loss Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . for which we have to fight. our doctors. Vitamin B-12 Deficiency is a Mimicker If not careful. who don’t have a full grasp on proper B-12 deficiency diagnosis.

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

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

TB skin test. phenobarbital. inflammatory bowel disease. 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. H2blockers.P a g e | 18                                      gastritis gastroesophageal reflux disease [GERD] gastrointestinal disorders gastrointestinal parasites/tapeworm diagnosis gastrointestinal surgeries [such as gastric bypass. etc. 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 . aminosalicylic acid and other medications vaccinations containing mercury as preservative bind B-12. creating deficiencies [some shots are Tetnus.] 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. proton pump inhibitors. metforin. irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). 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. birth control. colchicine. anticonvulsants. colestipol. potassium supplements. cholestyramine.

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

it is true that if vegan and vegetarian population does not supplement with B-12 properly. 4.4:419-430. Vegan vs. most often missed even in the medical profession. 2. is that vegan and vegetarian populations are not the only ones susceptible to B-12 deficiency. "Vitamin B-12 studies in total vegetarians (vegans). In last part: Who’s At Risk? I discussed other populations who can quickly become vitamin B12 deficient. Here is the chart taken from the article: Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . In her early years.P a g e | 20 [Source: Crane MG. quicker than formerly thought. omnivores. right around the time when started having B-12 deficiency related issues. not lack of it in her diet. BSN. and had a low intake of plant foods. there are four main reasons we can become B-12 deficient: 1. The second part to this equation. Sample C. It was not until she was in the nursing school that she discovered that her problems were tied to absorption of B-12. MA [B-12 Exposed]. there is a high possibility that you can eat all of the foods thought to contain B-12. she was a big meat eater. Omnivore In 1995 an article. According to David Rainosheck. become B-12 deficient. It discussed a study done to compare B-12 intake/retention in raw vegans vs. Dietary Sources are Inadequate Digestion Issues Toxicity Lack of Absorption/Assimilation of B-12 So. Journal of Nutritional Medicine. Pathcett S. Register UD. 3. Her doctor actually thought that her health issues were related to low plant food intake. they can quickly. yet use none of it. 1994. In fact that is exactly happened to the author of Could it Be B12? Sally Pacholok. titled: “Vitamin B-12 Status of Long-Term Adherents of a Strict Uncooked Vegan Diet” was published in THE JOURNAL OF NUTRITION. RN.] So.

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

a general practitioner from the UK. MD. however. and anything below 600 pg/ml should be considered as a deficiency. older adults should be around 1. high B-6 diet or take B-12 supplements [remember how I told you not to rush out and get a bottle of vitamins?]. Chandy. schedule an appointment to see your doctor. who has been researching and treating vitamin B-12 deficiency since 1981. thus becoming totally useless. you are one step closer to finding out the truth–because no one knows your body better than you do. I will tell you in a minute what you can do to still get tested. you had a chance to meet Dr. 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. 2. Sometimes it is the little. What’s Next? Remember that your symptoms matter. and family history. 200-300 pg/ml–intermediate deficiency 4. and your B-12 deficiency might be masked.000-2. but if you consume a high folate. take a pen and paper.P a g e | 22 If you read Part 5 of these series.” He defines four different stages of B-12 levels: 1. subtle annoying symptoms that might steer you in the right direction. Diagnosis So. If this is your case. where there are no symptoms [I am assuming that would be around 500-550 pg/ml and higher. John Dommisse. clinical features. He further states thatanything less than 300400 pg/ml range should be considered as severe deficiency. [Medical Hypotheses (1991) 34. high iron. secondly. some of you might be symptomatic with B-12 deficiency.000 pg/ml or higher] 2. normal. Hopefully you have a Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins .000 pg/ml. <200 pg/ml–severe deficiency Sally Pacholok.000 pg/ml. Now that you have your checklist in hand and if you are not feeling yourself. go through this list and the list in Part I: B-12 Deficiency–A Road To Recovery. in Could it Be B12? quotes a medical doctor. your blood serum test might show that you are in a “normal” [acceptable] range. take a separate paper. Could it Be B12? states that “He recommends that B-12 deficiency be diagnosed on the basis of signs and symptoms. and mark down possible symptoms you might have. and that older adults should have a level of at least 600-2.000 pg/ml. who states that the normal range should be regarded as 600-2. 131-140] WARNING: Here is a catch. 300-450 pg/ml–subtle deficiency 3. 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. andchildren 1.

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

established in 1985.200 micromoles/mmol/cr of MMA] 3. The MMA value is normalized to urine creatinine to correct for urine dilution. a suggested in B-12 Exposed: 820-11.6 μg MMA/mg creatine. 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. whom you hopefully will interview beforehand. [In such a case remember--you have an option to fire your doctor and take your test results to someone else. If it happens that you do not have an insurance. NCL.0-12. so that your insurance covers it. Not only that.0 μmole/L. and you will help many other patients who might otherwise go misdiagnosed. aka uMMA.58 to 3.] Sally Pacholok. or your insurance does not cover uMMA. which they should. in Could it Be B12? discusses 4 different testing options. 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. 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. NCL introduced the Mayo Clinic to the uMMA assay Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . Who knows. stands for urinary methylmalonic acid. different levels for children. some accept levels of 2.2-12. Plasma Homocysteine test [remember our conversation about homocysteine?] [Healthy levels: 4. Urinary MMA/Creatine Ratio test [Healthy levels: . which is what I am planning to do. The urinary MMA/creatinine ratio (uMMA) test is more accurate than the blood test as it indicates tissue/cellular B12 deficiency. (NCL) provides a means to test individuals through the mail for cobalamin (vitamin B12 ) deficiency. reading it. 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. and even taking with you to the appointment. The test measures methylmalonic acid (MMA) by selected ion monitoring isotope dilution gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GC/MS) in a random spot urine specimen.P a g e | 24 conditions that might mask B-12 deficiency.0 μmole/L] 4. Blood Serum B-12 test [I gave you level ranges above] 2. your doctor might be grateful that you did. Where to get Urinary MMA Urinary MMA. but the book will save you heartache. The following are your options: 1. Inc. was the first commercial laboratory to provide the uMMA test. 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. I personally strongly suggest buying her book.

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

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

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

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

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

with injections a difference can be felt within the same day. and some of it will absorb through your salivary glands–it is a better option than tablets you have to swallow. if that is not safe. your stomach won’t be able to process of absorb B-12 effectively. If you have an autoimmune disease or digestive problems. There is a form of B-12 called lozenges. “ Now. like a candy. Another option is B-12 nasal spray–which will bypass your digestive system altogether. most of the vitamin gets lost during digestion process. alleviating such symptoms as depression.P a g e | 30 more than once per month with these incredibly high doses. It makes their urine turn red (cobalt red not blood red). but I believe they don’t even get to sit out the rest of the shift (nor do they need to). However. and again. that you can take by placing tablets under your tongue. it is my money that pays for it. I would not hesitate to ask for injections even if I came up with 550 pg/ml and was symptomatic–after all. There are also B-12 patches you can apply behind your ear. 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. cyanocobalamin Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . [*Source] Types of B-12 {Cobalamin} Treatments B-12 is produced in three forms used for B-12 deficiency treatments: 1. and the answer is YES! If you take B-12 orally. so that B-12 would absorb through your skin. which is supposed to store part of our B-12 storage by design already. even if you fall in the gray zone [300-450 pg/ml--subtle deficiency] but are very symptomatic. <200 pg/ml–severe deficiency. 200-300 pg/ml–intermediate deficiency 2. With all these options. injections have been proven to be the best way to go–injections are administered into the muscle. and a sense of wellbeing was reported in many. While all other types of supplementation/treatment might take time to show benefits. Everyone who is in the danger zone: 1. and even 3. especially in those suffering from severe deficiency or neurological deficiency symptoms. don’t worry–you simply can’t overdose! Options There are several approaches to treating B-12 deficiency. 300-450 pg/ml–subtle deficiency should ask for B-12 injections. be emphatic with your doctor to request injections. so you will be wasting your time and money. I am not sure what is! So. going directly into the blood stream. You might wonder if there is a reason for it.

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

000 mcg/day of B-12 provided a huge relief to my muscle spasms–something I had not experienced for years.000+ mcg/dose. if you are a brave soul like me and wish to save money. When I shopped for B-12 for the first time a couple of years back. or his/her nurse. or even 100 mcg. or. I know that Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . assuming that you will request methylcobalamin [fight for it tooth and nail--it will be worth your money]. Had I known then what I know now I would have gone with at least 2. you can ask your physician. are not going to make much of a difference even for people with normal levels of B-12. so doing both. Initial intramuscular injections of B12—1.000 mcg daily or every other day for 5-7 days. to be individualized for each patient. if you are able to properly and easily absorb B-12 vitamin through other forms of supplementation. Patients can get their injections at their doctor’s office. 25 mcg.000 mcg weekly for four weeks. once we go on a biweekly regimen. remember that B-12 is not toxic and you cannot overdose. Again. When ordering methylcobalamin from a pharmacy. or. look for the same options as in injections– methycobalamin is still the best way to go. bi-weekly or monthly. we are going to go through 3 months of injection treatment. Sally M Pacholok. followed by 2. decide that you are not doing injections. for some for the rest of their lives. At the time I did not know any better and settled for 500 mcg lozenges. There are many dosage options out on the market. ask for the one without preservatives. or your doctor. to teach you how to give injections yourself. I found options ranging from 25 mcg/dose to 6. for one reason or another. that 6 mcg. however. Intramuscular injections of B12—1. Personally. the author ofCould it Be B12? book.000+ mcg/dose. Intramuscular injections of B12—1. when choosing B-12 supplementation. The bi-monthly/monthly injections after the initial treatment can be maintained as long as needed.000 mcg either weekly.P a g e | 32 How Much B-12? If you are low and your doctor agrees to B-12 injections. Sublingual and Oral Dosage If you. We are also planning to supplement with sublingual B-12 in-between our shots. followed by 3. if at all possible. RN. suggest the following regimen: 1. 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.000-5. I can tell you. injections and supplementation is totally safe. If you read my first article. you know that even a short treatment with 5. the upkeep can be done with those options. then we will have a check up and either continue with injections or/and switch to sublingual form of B-12.

since I was holding off on supplementing with B-12 for the last week and a half. don’t be timid and afraid to go for 5. Can you blame me? I just want to feel better FAST! I used Jarrow formula of methylcobalamin.000 mcg of B-12 or more a day. remember that YOU CANNOT OVERDOSE WITH B-12! So. I popped in a 5.000 mcg lozenge into my mouth.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. 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 . and later in the day followed up with another one. And yet again. What I Use The moment my blood was drawn today.

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. it can also mimic several very vicious diseases. 5. 4. 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. infertility tingling/numbness in your extremities severe headaches onset of early menopause insomnia Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . 2. if B-12 deficiency goes untreated. can range from: 1. The issues. 3. having the same symptoms. As I explained before: B-12 is involved in pretty much every single process in our body. As such. so the deficiency can express itself in whichever way you can imagine. including our DNA.

paralysis 9. you can’t imagine. memory loss 10. etc. the Toronto Sun reported the case of a 12-year old boy named JJ.” Vicki told a newspaper reporter. I will give you a few examples I read about in Could it Be B12? book.’” _____________________________ “In December 2007. they can include but are not limited to: Autism-like symptoms. frequent falls 11. and none of his doctors could figure out why. and has irreversible cognitive deficit.. and draw. who suffered great neurological injury due to misdiagnosed B12 deficiency. Reflecting back on those issues. slowly losing his ability to walk. autoimmune diseases: Alzheimer-like symptoms. “In 2000. lower IQ.–all of which can be quickly addressed if caught in time! 7. 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. a 50-year old woman. JJ’s neurologic status continued to deteriorate to the point where he needed a wheelchair. bi-polar disorders. leaving her permanently crippled. etc. She suffers from chronic painful neuropathy. schizophrenia. Vicki L. ”I can remember lying in bed and feeling death would be better because I was sick. 8. developmental delays. Examples Just to show you how dangerous misdiagnosis can be. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . 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. uses specialized crutches to walk. dementia. I immediately scheduled an appointment with my doctor to get tested.P a g e | 35 6. received a $3 million out-of-court settlement from two hospitals and two physician groups. Parkinson-like symptoms. 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. He then became jaundiced. Vicki charged doctors at each of these institutions failed to diagnose her B12 deficiency. write. neurological disorders. ‘Unless someone were in my shoes. 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. 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. that’s why the moment I realized this vitamin’s importance.

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

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

offers a FREE webinar on B-12 that will be worth every single moment you spend listening to it and watching it. All you have to do to register is click through this link . MA [e-book] Webinar David Rainoshek. RN.P a g e | 38 Books Could it Be B12? by Sally M Pacholok. Chandy of UK. David Rainoshek. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . Web-Sites  B-12 Deficiency Patient Support Group–run by wonderful supporters of Dr. BSN & Jeffrey J Stuart. 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]. and pick the next time it is offered. MA. DO B-12 Exposed. I enjoyed the information he shared so much that I ended up buying his e-book [see above] immediately.

com–the first thread I came upon when I just started doing my research. Inc. It prompted me to take a deeper look at my own] Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins .P a g e | 39    B12 Awareness. RN. BSN & Jeffrey J Stuart. 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. LONG time. visit www. [To learn about my progress. (NCL)–site is loaded with information on urinary MMA testing. you can also get your uMMA done through them Wrongdiagnosis. run by authors of Could it Be B12? Sally M Pacholok.vega-licious. I wish you all the best and best health. DO Norman Clinical Laboratory.

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