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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

and not for only then and there.2 2. The doctor who diagnosed me in 2008 could barely believe the results when I went back to see him in January of 2011.P a g e | 16 Cholesterol Triglycerides HDL LDL Ratio TSH T4 T3 May 2006 179 mg/dL 77 66 98 2. I know that my health will only continue to improve.9 3. I had changed my view of foods and medicine radically. and I am certainly in better shape physically than I had been for many years.1 As of today I am feeling better than ever. I am in total control of what goes into my body.23 0. as it had to this point. I am no longer diagnosed as hypothyroid.8 3. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins .905 1. I am looking forward to even a healthful future. Through the process I learned patience. Answered Prayers As we got better we knew that our prayers have been answered. but we were equipped for a lifelong journey.9 July 2010 1. 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.7 January 2008 4. although there is still room for improvement. medication is to be used only in critical conditions and only until we are able to improve our health naturally.11 July 2009 131 mg/dL 31 60 65 2. In my opinion. With all the prayers we prayed and tears we cried in the beginning. we did not realize that the answer to our prayers was as close as the hand is to the mouth. I reconditioned my mind and my body.66 0.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . The finding also showed that people who ate the most plant-based foods were the healthiest and tended to avoid chronic diseases. 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.

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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

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

including their invasiveness and ability to spread to distant organs. While human and normal bovine IGF-1 are identical.  It is highly likely that IGF-1 promotes transformation of normal breast epithelium to breast cancer.  IGF-1 regulates cell growth. the FDA alleged that IGF-1 "lacks oral toxicity." More recently.  IGF-1 is not destroyed by pasteurization or digestion and is readily absorbed across the intestinal wall. In a 1989 letter to the FDA.  The breast tissues of female fetuses and infants are sensitive to hormonal influences. this does not occur in untreated cows.  IGF-1 induces rapid division and multiplication of normal human breast epithelial cells in tissue cultures. or IGF-1. particularly in premenopausal women. particularly in infants. In a 1990 FDA publication disclosing toxicity tests conducted by Monsanto. I warned that the effects of IGF-1 "could include premature growth stimulation in infants. division and differentiation. or on more sensitive sub-cellular effects in infant rats or infants of any other species."  Neither the FDA nor Monsanto has investigated the effects of long-term feeding of IGF-1 and treated milk on growth. These effects were seen at a small fraction of injected doses given to control rats. in cow's milk.P a g e | 37  The biotech hormone induces a marked and sustained increase in levels of insulin-like growth factor-1. Cows injected with the biotech hormone show heavy localization of IGF-1 in breast (udder) epithelial cells.  IGF-1 maintains the malignancy of human breast-cancer cells. [breast enlargement] in young children and breast cancer in adult females. But by gerrymandering these explicit data. they are largely bound to protein and thus probably less biologically active than the unbound IGF-1 in treated milk. 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 . 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. These concerns are not new. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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. from hormonal changes to calcium depletion and cardiovascular degeneration. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . contributing to a range of problems.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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

aka dead.5 oz. living.P a g e | 60 100 calories (about 1. hard to digest flesh 100 calories (15 oz.) of spinach has 12 grams of protein rich in enzymes.) of steak has 13 grams of protein steak. 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. decaying.

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. irresistible droplets of pleasure.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

] WARNING: refined/processed sugars do not serve any purpose in our bodies! People who eat too much sugar. 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. formerly. They are crucial for our health. ATP is the activated carrier which gives organisms energy. tend to create increased acidity in their tissues. where it gets converted into fat. my sister-in-law and. as well as refined carbohydrates. When the bacteria are being fed by those 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. Things to know about Sugar Overconsumption of bad sugars (i. which occur in certain foods like asparagus. Excessive intake of such sugars and refined carbohydrates leads to changes in our blood.e. Folic Acid. behavior. which contributes to cardiovascular risk and diseases. One that everyone is well acquainted with is the fact that sugars provide us with energy. and other roots and bulbs.e. garlic. my dearest husband). It is not energy itself. It creates the energy factor that is known as ATP. but rather temporarily stores energy. They help feed our healthy bacteria in the gut. and simple carbs are sugars. especially white sugar (i. such as white flour that is so common in baked goods. if we are ever subjected to go through antibiotic therapy. They also produce vitamins such as B vitamin. they inhibit various bad bacteria and viruses. They change our cholesterol level for the better. Jerusalem artichokes. refined/processed) is dangerous! The body easily converts excess sugar into fat. 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. Is Sugar Important? Sugar [the right kind] serves several purposes in our bodies. making our blood platelets stick together and make the blood viscosity higher. among many other important functions. the body absorbs it into the cells or the liver. and others. Sugar is a fuel that burns easily. leeks. Any time we have extra sugar in the body.P a g e | 75 Now we have come full circle and established that sugars are simple carbs. Sugar is actually incorporated into our physical structure and acts as storage for energy in the future. and help to restore our gut flora. Sugar level fluctuations affect our mood. memory and focus. which leads towards an anaerobic [ineffective] metabolism. 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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The insulin cell receptors lose their functionality. because they are derived from a natural product trough chemical processes they can cause some problems. fatigue. let differentiate. With that also comes increase in fat. The problem in many cases. even before full-fledged diabetes which increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases. dimmer switches. When insulin is elevated for a long period of time the body might create insulin resistance. However. and sometimes increased blood pressure. 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). (You can find more on the topic in the book [The China Study]) Increase in blood sugar causes continuous elevation in our insulin. which creates the beginning of pre-diabetes. what else causes cortisol levels to increase? Surprise! One thing that nobody wants talk about is animal protein. stereo systems. we start increasing cortisol secretion. can cause a heart attack. also known as metabolic syndrome. need a certain level of testosterone in our body. With increased insulin level in the blood we also have increased fats in the blood. Whenever we increase animal protein in diet. This in turn will decrease our testosterone level (ladies. Animal proteins can also cause extra estrogen production that can become detrimental to males and females alike. especially around the belly. There are other things that might cause blood sugar elevation. so don’t dismiss this issue). are associated with high sugar and high cortisol correlation that will occur with excessive animal protein intake. increased triglycerides.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. fluorescent lamps. There are artificial sweeteners and there are natural sweeteners. So. you might be thinking that you don’t have to worry about this subject. certain vegetables. but we all: male and female. and certain tubers. I was surprised to learn that electromagnetic radiation. The natural sweeteners are derived from certain fruits. menstrual problems. Most issues that I have previously mentioned: osteoporosis. cancer and other diseases. What about Sweeteners? First. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . and other electronics) can be another culprit. especially radio frequencies that people are exposed to in their homes (computers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chemical 'treatment' from the cradle to the grave. making the pesticide the fertilizer! Monsanto also has the technology to insert a so-called 'suicide gene' into their seeds. For years. be patented. Monsanto is taking this idea even further. so that farmers can get only one harvest out of them. in fact. One cannot imagine a greater dependence on an industry which not only aims to control our energy reserves. which gave us Agent Orange and DDT. 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.e. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . Monsanto. forcing farmers to buy new seeds each year. Monsanto's seeds are 'Roundup ready'. they are resistant to their feared Roundup pesticide. 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. but our food reserves as well.P a g e | 86 with medicines manufactured by their pharmaceutical branches. You read it right. Why have we allowed to let it come this far in 100 years' time? We are now living the health crisis Senate Document 264 warned us about. but nature reworked can. There is no patent on nature. they have been buying up seed stocks in order to genetically modify and patent them. is leading this dangerous game. i. the seeds have been manipulated in such a way that crops cannot grow without being sprayed with Roundup.

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

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

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

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. the ban was lifted after Perestroika. Unfortunately. Although she had an idea for studying the effect of microwave radiation on plastic Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . considered a carcinogen.000.P a g e | 90  Marked acceleration of structural disintegration in all foods. is found in plastic wrap. Three years later. Claire set out to test what the FDA had not. As a result microwave ovens were banned in Russia in 1976. with encouragement from her high school science teacher.000 Times FDA Limits of Carcinogens! As a seventh grade student. Microwaved Plastic Wrap has 10.

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

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

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

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

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

• Carcinogenic free radicals were formed in microwaved plants. cooked or frozen vegetables converted their plant alkaloids into carcinogens. and in the March and September 1991 issues of Earthletter. • Thawing frozen fruits converted their glucoside and galactoside containing fractions into carcinogenic substances.. glucosides. The following is a summary of the Russian investigations published by the Atlantis Raising Educational Center in Portland. Various kinds of damaged to many plant substances. Carcinogens were formed in virtually all foods tested. Health Effects of Microwave Radiation .e. or heating to insure sanitary ingestion. • Extremely short exposure of raw. i. harms food. cooking. she stated that every microwave oven leaks electro-magnetic radiation. vitamin C. 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. Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . such as alkaloids. • Microwaving milk and cereal grains converted some of their amino acids into carcinogens. especially root vegetables. vitamin E.P a g e | 96 Carcinogens in Microwaved Food In Dr. Here's a summary of some of the results: • Microwaving prepared meats sufficiently to insure sanitary ingestion caused formation of d-Nitrosodienthanolamines. Among the changes observed were: Deceased bio-availability of vitamin B complex.Microwave Ovens. • 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. thawing. Oregon. and converts substances cooked in it to dangerous organ-toxic and carcinogenic products. essential minerals and lipotropics factors in all food tested. a well-known carcinogen. Lita Lee's book. galactosides and nitrilosides.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ADHD. tingling of extemeties Obsessive-compulsive behavior Orthostatic hypotension Ovalocytes Osteoporosis Pallor Palpitations Pancytopenia Paralysis Paranoia Pernicious anemia Personality changes Pins and needles sensation Poikilocytosis Poor head growth [in children] Poor socialization [in children] Poor motor skills [in children] Poor weight gain [in children] Poor wound healing Post-partum depression Premature graying of hair Psychological conditions Psychosis Seizures Sever muscular cramps Shaking Shortness of breath Sleep disorders Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . vagina. 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. Autism.Page | 1                                      Enlargement of the mucous membranes of the mouth. Alzheimer’s Muscle fatigue Nausea Nerve damage Numbness. and stomach Excessive/abnormal sweating Exertional Dyspneal Failure to thrive [in children] Falls Fatigue Feeling tired.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

just maybe. which eventually took over and had its way with him. 3. some of MS drugs alone. I will cover the subject of diagnosis. pain and suffering cannot even be measured–I know–my father fought valiantly against Parkinson’s. improve or completely reverse the symptoms of misdiagnosed diseases. For example. PLEASE. because you might find it that you either: 1.P a g e | 16 I am sure that there are other diseases that are mimicked by B-12 deficiency. so you can’t get proper treatment. 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. but this is the list that I was able to gather so far. can cost as much as$36. So. that is. and when treated with B-12 injections. it is just better to know the whole truth before drawing any conclusions. if we got him tested and maybe. 2. however. testing and treatment and won’t leave you hanging. but studies have shown that some might and do. The cost of human emotions. you used over the counter vitamins [and maybe even the wrong kind] which will skew your tests. 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. 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. not counting the cost of care and supplies. I will never find out. in dollars and human suffering. The cost of misdiagnosis. or get this book and read it: Could it Be B-12? Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . 4.000 per year. please do not start self-treating. so you might not get treated. *Source Part V: Vitamin B-12 Deficiency– Who is at Risk? If you read first four installments on B-12 deficiency. MS treatments and care are nothing more than long-term care for those who are doomed to get worse. is insurmountable. not better. I wonder. he could have been treated for something like B-12 deficiency… Alas. I don’t want you to get the impression that all patients diagnosed with these diseases have B-12 deficiency. had I known what I know now. you are probably ready to charge and get it treated… if you have it. did not get properly diagnosed [if at all].

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. In short–EVERYONE! But there are certain groups of people who are more likely to develop the deficiency than others. anorexia. including oral surgeries.P a g e | 17 For now I would like to continue this important conversation. such as chemotherapy and radiation] cervical spndylosis chronic fatigue dementia depression diverticulosis drug addicts eating disorders [bulimia. or used as recreational drug autoimmune disorders breasted infants of mothers with B-12 deficiency cancer patients [especially if you have undergone treatments.                      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. Let’s look into who is at risk of B-12 deficiency.

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

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

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

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

Sometimes it is the little. normal. He further states thatanything less than 300400 pg/ml range should be considered as severe deficiency. Could it Be B12? states that “He recommends that B-12 deficiency be diagnosed on the basis of signs and symptoms. Diagnosis So. go through this list and the list in Part I: B-12 Deficiency–A Road To Recovery.000 pg/ml.000-2.P a g e | 22 If you read Part 5 of these series. andchildren 1. 200-300 pg/ml–intermediate deficiency 4. older adults should be around 1.” He defines four different stages of B-12 levels: 1.000 pg/ml. If this is your case. schedule an appointment to see your doctor.000 pg/ml. 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. Hopefully you have a Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . 131-140] WARNING: Here is a catch. and mark down possible symptoms you might have. John Dommisse. take a separate paper. in Could it Be B12? quotes a medical doctor. secondly. take a pen and paper.000 pg/ml or higher] 2. 2. some of you might be symptomatic with B-12 deficiency. subtle annoying symptoms that might steer you in the right direction. [Medical Hypotheses (1991) 34. and family history. Now that you have your checklist in hand and if you are not feeling yourself. who has been researching and treating vitamin B-12 deficiency since 1981. and anything below 600 pg/ml should be considered as a deficiency. 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. thus becoming totally useless. 300-450 pg/ml–subtle deficiency 3. you are one step closer to finding out the truth–because no one knows your body better than you do. but if you consume a high folate. however. What’s Next? Remember that your symptoms matter. a general practitioner from the UK. you had a chance to meet Dr. <200 pg/ml–severe deficiency Sally Pacholok. high iron. your blood serum test might show that you are in a “normal” [acceptable] range. who states that the normal range should be regarded as 600-2. and that older adults should have a level of at least 600-2. MD. I will tell you in a minute what you can do to still get tested. where there are no symptoms [I am assuming that would be around 500-550 pg/ml and higher. 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. clinical features. and your B-12 deficiency might be masked.

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

a suggested in B-12 Exposed: 820-11. I personally strongly suggest buying her book.58 to 3. Who knows. If it happens that you do not have an insurance.0-12. Urinary MMA/Creatine Ratio test [Healthy levels: . and you will help many other patients who might otherwise go misdiagnosed. Blood Serum B-12 test [I gave you level ranges above] 2. 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. (NCL) provides a means to test individuals through the mail for cobalamin (vitamin B12 ) deficiency. different levels for children.] Sally Pacholok. whom you hopefully will interview beforehand. aka uMMA. 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.200 micromoles/mmol/cr of MMA] 3. and even taking with you to the appointment. so that your insurance covers it. NCL introduced the Mayo Clinic to the uMMA assay Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . or your insurance does not cover uMMA.2-12. was the first commercial laboratory to provide the uMMA test.0 μmole/L] 4. established in 1985.0 μmole/L. your doctor might be grateful that you did. The urinary MMA/creatinine ratio (uMMA) test is more accurate than the blood test as it indicates tissue/cellular B12 deficiency. stands for urinary methylmalonic acid. 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. Not only that. The test measures methylmalonic acid (MMA) by selected ion monitoring isotope dilution gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GC/MS) in a random spot urine specimen. Plasma Homocysteine test [remember our conversation about homocysteine?] [Healthy levels: 4. 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. The following are your options: 1. but the book will save you heartache. Where to get Urinary MMA Urinary MMA. which they should. NCL.6 μg MMA/mg creatine. some accept levels of 2. reading it. Inc.P a g e | 24 conditions that might mask B-12 deficiency. in Could it Be B12? discusses 4 different testing options. [In such a case remember--you have an option to fire your doctor and take your test results to someone else. The MMA value is normalized to urine creatinine to correct for urine dilution. 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. which is what I am planning to do.

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

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

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

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

It seemed that the heaven itself opened and made all things easy and possible. and it is NOT toxic. when. having already told you about who might be at risk of B-12 deficiency. and you might have learned this from my last post. should you decide not to get tested. lining up in perfect symphony to make a path for me toward this next step on my way to full recovery. Part VIII: B-12 Treatment Options Deficiency– In this part. so even if you have healthy levels of B-12 you are safe to do injections or take supplements. Chandy–the physician in the UK that treats a lot of his patients with B12 injections. I was fortunate to have heard back from his assistant [one who holds a PhD nonetheless ]. you watched him in the video in this post. once you take your labs [i. so.e. you can order it on-line [options below]. there are no side effects. or through your local health food store.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. and also reading Could it Be B12? as well as B-12 Exposed. on my personal approach to treatment. I am going to tell you about treatment options you can ask for from your doctor. so they might dose their firemen and women Benefits of a Plant Based Diet by Elena Wilkins . Just How Safe is B-12? I recently wrote to Dr. give your blood and urine]. we want nothing more than what we already have. although I would strongly suggest it. Here is what he told me about safety of B-12: “…one doctor we know of gives 100 mg (100. The treatment for cyanide poisoning using B12 is 5 g (5. B-12 vitamin injections/tablets* are totally safe–you cannot overdose on them.000 mcg) twice per week by infusion. what you can do at home. for just moments. I’m told the Paris fire brigade use the B12 treatment routinely. The information for this post comes from my research of various studies done on the topic. how to get it diagnosed and asking for right tests.P a g e | 29 Pure Happiness There are few times in our lives when we feel purely happy. What level of B12 could be too much? To put it bluntly. *you do not need a prescription to get B-12 in a form of a supplement. no level is too much. I lived through several of such moments in the last couple of days. Treatment Safety First let me start with this. talk to your doctor about starting treatment immediately.

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

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

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

000 mcg of B-12 or more a day. 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 . What I Use The moment my blood was drawn today.P a g e | 33 it can be misleading to read on a bottle that the dosage you take is 8000% of daily value– remember that a lot of it gets lost in the absorption/retention process. And yet again. 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. remember that YOU CANNOT OVERDOSE WITH B-12! So. and later in the day followed up with another one.000 mcg lozenge into my mouth. Can you blame me? I just want to feel better FAST! I used Jarrow formula of methylcobalamin. I popped in a 5.

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 . The issues. As I explained before: B-12 is involved in pretty much every single process in our body. it can also mimic several very vicious diseases. if B-12 deficiency goes untreated. 3.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. so the deficiency can express itself in whichever way you can imagine. 2. As such. can range from: 1. including our DNA. having the same symptoms.

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

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

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

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

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

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