RANT: A What-a-tarian?

An email from a Blog Follower:

Have you read the book The China Study?  It’s the one my friends cite as the reason they don’t eat anything with a mother, no dairy etc.  The theory is that protein allows cancer cells to grow.  It’s pretty extreme to me, but now alas I think about it when I eat yogurt.  Any opinions from you?

My response:

Science shows that ingesting animal products causes inflammation in the body.
So does eating anything charred or burned (whether meat or vegetable).
Low quality meats (corn-fed, hormone and antibiotic injected) are the worst.
Sugar also causes major inflammation.

Sugar, cooked foods and most animal foods are more ‘acidotic’, and release free radicals; free radical cause cellular damage, think premature aging and cancer.

Alkaline foods (almost anything green–see chart) can heal that damage.

alkaline foods

Alkaline foods can neutralize the cancer-causing free radicals.
Some folks think if you just eat 51% raw foods you’re fine.
Others feel all raw is better (Raw meaning not cooked–though some accept foods not cooked at temps above 116 degrees)
Some think no animal products is best (Vegan–no milk, no eggs, no fish, no foul, no meat)
Some think no meat is best (Vegetarian- no meat, foul, fish)
Some think no meat but fish is ok (Pescatarian- no meat or foul)

Every time we eat, it’s an opportunity to cause cellular damage or heal ourselves.

I’m probably a Nutritarian, meaning I try to make each meal as nutrient rich as possible.

(but then again, I still eat way too much sugar and drink alcohol, which are both inflammatory, so I just try and combat that with LOADS of Alkaline foods and GREENS!)

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Madeleine Vanstory attended Duke University and began her post-graduate journey at The Elaine Clark Center working with special needs children. She went on to work as a Clinical Research Scientist running clinical trials for the CDC and developing medical devices for Welsh Allen, Abbot Labs, Roche and Johnson & Jonhson Her work included non-invansive cervical cancer detection, continuous diabetic glucose monitoring, non-harmful infant bilirubin level detection and studying Vitamin C's anti-aging effects on the skin. Madeleine attended Medical school at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro NC. Dr. Madeleine Vanstory is a board certified Family Physician who has practiced all over the world. She has lead medical missions in Kenya and Honduras. She has participated with Operation Smile in Russia, she has patients in North Carolina, Maine, Oregon and New Zealand. Dr. Vanstory has worked the medical tents in the Marine Corps marathon in Washington DC and at the Kona Ironman World Championships. And Dr. Vanstory has marched with the Surgeon General promoting "Exercise is Medicine" at the World Congress Sports Medicine Conference. Disillusioned by the current health care system and armed with the realization that culture, nutrition and emotional well-being have a profound impact on health, Dr. Vanstory now motivates clients and patients to discover the healthiest versions of themselves through humor, counseling in her "Upgrade Your Health" Wellness Program.

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