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Is a plant based diet healthier for you?

Is a plant based diet healthier for you?

Yes!: Assuming someone gets all of the fat and protein and vitamins they need, yes. Plenty of studies have shown that vegetarians live longer and suffer fewer diseases. ...Read more

Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


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Is a plant based diet better than a DASH diet for eliminating cardiovascular risk factors?

Is a plant based diet better than a DASH diet for eliminating cardiovascular risk factors?

A plant based diet: is excellent for reducing cardiovascular risk. The DASH diet was designed primarily for hypertension management. There are secondary cardiovascular benefits from this. Probably the best for cardiovascular risk reduction is the plant based diet recommended by Dr. Esselstyn. The removal of oils is key in that diet. The trick to any of these diets is compliance. ...Read more

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Does Atkins diet affect health as it based on low carb but practised calories based foods?

Does Atkins diet affect health as it based on low carb but practised calories based foods?

Atkins and Fat: The atkins diet is primarily focused on protein and an absence of carbs. Of course, it is good to avoid carbs (especially those with rapid absorption like white bread, white pasta, and sugars). Some people believe that too many fats are allowed on the atkins diet. I have also found that people have a hard time staying on this diet for long. We focus on veggies, fruit, and protein. ...Read more

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Is there merit in dr caldwell esselstyn's program for reversing heart disease ie a plant based diet with no added oils or fats?

Is there merit in dr caldwell esselstyn's program for reversing heart disease ie a plant based diet with no added oils or fats?

Maybe...: As with a variety of 'alternative' health care treatments i always advise my patients to do their homework, review the product with their doctor before starting it; and most importantly..."let the buyer beware"! ...Read more

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Are their any benefits on me being on a dairy free/gluten free non-gmo diet and taking a multi, coq10, d3, and omega (have lupus & dysautonomia)?

Are their any benefits on me being on a dairy free/gluten free non-gmo diet and taking a multi, coq10, d3, and omega (have lupus & dysautonomia)?

Lots of supplements: You must have a lot of money to spend exercise and good diet are key no alcohol or drugs is important there is no proof that gluten or dairy will be an issue for your lupus nor is the gmo food particularly bad - it is made so they use less pesticides which are bad! ...Read more

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What are the benefits of a whole food and plant based diet?

Not as healthy!: As a professor of nutrition and md, i see many nutritional deficiencies in vegetarians, particularly vegans. Plant based diets eschew the protein efficiency of animal based protein. Also, many mineral in animal sources are more concentrated. I believe being a vegetarian is a sociaal statment. Humans have never been vegetarians until recently! ...Read more

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Is a plant based diet or a vegetarian diet best for someone who has type 2 diabetes or prediabetes?

Is a plant based diet or a vegetarian diet best for someone who has type 2 diabetes or prediabetes?

Not for everyone...: A vegan diet with fat-free (plus once in a while low-fat dairy) milk can be quite healthy. A vegan, ovo-vegetarian, lacto-vegetarian, and lacto-ovo-vegetarian are all types of vegetarians. Because some things (calcium, vit.D, vit.B12, protein) are harder to get if a vegetarian eats no egg or dairy products, a strict vegan has a much harder time finding all the nutrients he needs to stay healthy. ...Read more

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A healthy [mostly plant based and whole food] diet, a daily multivitamin, and a daily chelating agent such as alpha lipoic..A good routine for 23 y\o?

A healthy [mostly plant based and whole food] diet, a daily multivitamin, and a daily chelating agent such as alpha lipoic..A good routine for 23 y\o?

Yes and no: A healthy diet is certainly good. Make sure your protein intake is sufficient if you are eating as well as you say, and if there are at least some animal products in your diet, you don't need a multivitamin. Vitamin d intake is likely insufficient, so take a supplement. Ala is not a chelating agent. It can help with diabetes and neuropathy and is found in foods like spinach and broccoli. ...Read more

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Can I meet all my nutritional needs on a plant based diet with a b12 supplement?

Can I meet all my nutritional needs on a plant based diet with a b12 supplement?

Also need D and...: All vegans need B12, ideally as methylcobalamin. Everyone in North America (except the deep South), vegan or not, needs Vit D in fall and winter, at least 5000 iu/day;most is from sheep wool but vegan forms available (though the sheep aren't harmed). Many need EPA/DHA; some folks can make it from hemp/flax oil but many can't; vegan sources available. I advise everyone take a multivit.-see comment: ...Read more

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Part 2-diagnosed RA patients, with active disease, to try elimination diets of nightshades, gluten, etc before starting medications (dmards)?

Part 2-diagnosed RA patients, with active disease, to try elimination diets of nightshades, gluten, etc before starting medications (dmards)?

No: If that works we would do this. We don't because it doesn't work. The rheumatoid arthritis patient needs immediate referral to a rheumatologist to initiate rapid therapy to suppress and control their arthritis. Early dmard and biologics are more efficient when started as early as possible. ...Read more

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Which diet is better for blood glucose control without meds? Low carb or plant based?

Which diet is better for blood glucose control without meds? Low carb or plant based?

Low carb: diet w/higher protein helps shift the body into ketosis. That is the state wherein the body uses fat for fuel rather than sugar. Please only do this w/doctor supervision. Plant based diet is a good supplement to this. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What's the best diet to follow with Sjogrens possible MS and lupus and IBS.I know fruit,veg,meat,no junk or processed.Is cow milk ok?pasta? Bread?

Anti inflammatory : An anti inflammatory diet can help improve the symptoms of Sjogrens, lupus and other conditions. Inflammatory effects of different foods can be found on the following website http://nutritiondata.self.com. Also Dr Joel Furhman's book Super Immunity has good information. ...Read more

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I have gout and trying to eat more plant based diet. Question: do black beans and soy products have a neg impact on gout?

I have gout and trying to eat more plant based diet.  Question:  do black beans and soy products have a neg impact on gout?

No & no: The easy answer is that there's no evidence that soy is bad for gout. Check out http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21859653. Data behind beans varies due to different kinds of beans. Check out http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/kind-beans-good-low-purine-diet-10856.html & http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=2. Regardless, worse beans are still better than animal products. ...Read more

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With publicity on the mediterranean diet, are doctors getting average americans to eat 2-3 tbsp of olive oil daily, and into what foods is it added?

With publicity on the mediterranean diet, are doctors getting average americans to eat 2-3 tbsp of olive oil daily, and into what foods is it added?

Depends: Cannot speak for other doctors, but i routinely tell my patients to add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to their food, to pour it over after cooking. ...Read more

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Is the Paleo diet suitable for Coeliacs?

Is the Paleo diet suitable for Coeliacs?

Sort of.: Coeliac is a reaction to wheat protein (gluten). Paleo diet certainly does not require gluten and has a trend away from it. Certainly a paleo diet will avoid the gluten that is hidden in very many processed foods (soy sauce, most sauces with flour thickeners, etc.) ...Read more

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Is the mediterranean diet or paleo diet better for losing weight?

Is the mediterranean diet or paleo diet better for losing weight?

Paleo Diet: Paleo diet is especially helpful for autoimmune disease and gastrointestinal disorders. Here's a quick start guide... http://doccarnahan.blogspot.com/2013/02/a-quick-start-guide-paleo-diet.html. ...Read more

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Do you think a mainly plant based raw food diet is the key to longevity?

Do you think a mainly plant based raw food diet is the key to longevity?

It helps.: I believe raw, organic vegetables and fruit is very healthy and help with longevity but by itself is inadequate. We need to make sure that we get the necessary vitamins that plants cannot supply such as Vit. B12 which is only available in red meat and when we are vegetarian need to be taken either as a sublingual supplement or by injection. A healthy spiritual and mental health completes the key ...Read more