SMOKINCHOICES (and other musings)

March 25, 2014

Varied food best vs HBP

(This information is from Dr Mercola,  I find it relevant and pretty much agree with the concepts.   Since it was so large, didn’t want to import whole thing. . . tho, it is worth a full reading. This is not an attempt to denounce the vegan approach as I have traveled that path and understand and know its benefits.  I remain committed to the plant world; without which no one can have radiant health.  Animal protein is a logical and beneficial component to a balanced, healthy life as well.  I do believe that a careful selection of choices can grant even the vegan a well balanced, normal and healthy life without question.  One simply must employ more in the way of healthy fats, seeds and nuts, avocados  and lentils, etc. 

And I also agree with Dr Mercola that we in our own country consume far too much animal protein.  To overdo this is a huge burden for our organs.  A distorted understanding has been perpetrated on our nation for a long time; e.g. which fats are healthy and needed;   about the need for dairy in order to maintain calcium balance [we don’t need dairy at all and I take no calcium — and at my rather extensive time on earth have never broken any bones].  It’s not genetic, I have learned what the body really needs and handles best [for me].  20 years of HBP meds have done nothing for me.  Taking of certain amino acids for my Heart has ‘automatically’ normalized my vascular pressure, circulation and rhythm and in just a few months. 

We are still being advised to consume grains; told they improve health.  They don’t!  They are making us fat, sick and contributing to some of the worst chronic diseases amongst us, including diabetes and alzheimers (now being called Diabetes 3)  We are told much that isn’t correct.  Factory farming is hurting us and the animals.  If one can’t do the pastured, well-treated animals, we’d be better off going vegan.  Each of us has to find what we can handle, live with and afford.  It ain’t easy.  For those not willing to put the time in to figure stuff out, well, we get what we get, I guess and those choices can be less than desirable.      Jan)

 so am attempting to give the link:  

Should You Go Vegetarian to Control Your Blood Pressure

Mar 10, 2014 – March 10, 2014 Story at-a-glance Hypertension (high blood pressure) By Dr. Mercola Our analysis found that vegetarian diets lower blood pressure very effectively, and the evidence for this is now quite conclusive.”.


       Blood Pressure Drugs Do NOT Treat the Cause of High Blood Pressure

Please understand that while blood pressure medications are very effective at lowering blood pressure, they do NOT address or rectify the underlying cause of your hypertension.

Research published in 2013 found that vegetarians were 32 percent less likely to develop ischemic heart disease, and many other studies have demonstrated that vegetarians enjoy better health and longer lives than non-vegetarians. Certainly, eating more vegetables is bound to have a beneficial effect. Most people eat far too few of them. But I still do not believe excluding all meats makes for an ideal diet. It’s worth noting that studies such as these are not comparing vegetarians to LOW animal protein diets. I’m also not aware of any studies looking at the health effects of factory farmed versus organically raised meats, eaten at varying amounts, and this, I believe, may be a major part of the equation.

Why I Don’t Recommend Strict Vegetarian or Vegan Diets

There is no debate at all that most people do not eat enough vegetables, let alone high-quality organic ones. So it makes perfect sense that individuals who consume more vegetables are likely to be healthier.

Most Americans eat far too much protein and not enough vegetables, which likely accounts for most of the difference seen when comparing vegetarian to non-vegetarian diets. But that does not justify excluding all animal products.

The other part of the equation that is rarely addressed is the amount of protein consumed. When it comes to meat, two key factors that will determine the healthfulness of your diet are the quality of the meat and the amount.

In terms of quality, meat from pastured or grass-fed and finished animals is FAR superior to that from animals raised in confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs). CAFO beef and poultry has many disadvantages, including fewer of the most valuable nutrients found in organically-raised meats, while being contaminated with hormones, antibiotics, beta-agonist drugs, and pesticides.

Since most CAFOs feed animals genetically engineered (GE) grains (primarily corn and soy), there’s also the issue of whether or not such feed might alter such meats in ways we still don’t fully understand.

There’s reason to think it might. At bare minimum, we know that so-called Roundup Ready grains tend to be most heavily contaminated with glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup, and research suggests this chemical may be a key factor in the rising trend of many chronic diseases, both in animals and humans.


Most People Eat Too Much Protein for Optimal Health

Nutrition experts like Dr. Ron Rosedale believe most adults need about one gram of protein per kilogram of lean body mass, or one-half gram of protein per pound of lean body weight per day. As an example, if your body fat mass is 20 percent, your lean mass is 80 percent of your total body weight.

So if your total weight is 200 pounds, you would then divide 160 by 2.2 to convert pounds to kilograms and come up with 72.7 grams of protein. If you are doing vigorous exercises or are pregnant, you can add up to another 25 percent or another 18 grams in this illustration to increase your total to 90 grams per day. This would be on the high side. Most women need half of this amount because they have far less lean body mass.

Most meat-eaters tend to consumer far more than that, especially in the US. In fact, the typical American diet is extremely meat-heavy, having risen dramatically over the past century. Previous research has suggested the average American consumes about 1.5 grams of protein per kilo of total body mass (lean mass plus fat). This is nearly double the ideal of one gram/kg of lean body mass. Some groups even consume 500 percent more protein than this. And the vast majority of all the meat consumed is CAFO, which only adds to the problem, for the reasons mentioned above.

There are a number of reasons why I believe it’s best to limit your protein intake. The first is that if you eat large amounts of protein your body doesn’t need, it will convert most of those calories to sugar. Additionally, it will need to remove the nitrogen waste products from your blood, which stresses your kidneys.

Excessive protein can also have a stimulatory effect on mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR)—a pathway that seems to be largely responsible for the pathology seen in cancer growth. When you reduce protein to just what your body needs, mTOR remains inhibited, which helps minimize your chances of cancer growth.

Abstaining from animal protein altogether however, can lead to other health complications. For example, a strict vegetarian or vegan diet can lead to vitamin B12 and sulfur amino acid deficiency, both of which increases your risk of heart disease. Vegans or strict vegetarians who abstain from animal products and do not supplement their diet with vitamin B12 will typically become anemic. Nervous and digestive system damage can also result. Claims that B12 is present in certain algae, tempeh, and brewer’s yeast fail to take into account that the B12 analogues present in these foods are not bioavailable. The only reliable and absorbable sources of vitamin B12 are animal products, especially pastured eggs.  (Sorry, can’t let this close without my $.02;  there may be little else with as high a content of B12 vitamins as good old “fermented veggies”. . .any kind, simple or gourmet — nothing comes as close!. .so, vegan Wanna Be’s – be aware. Jan)



  1. Hi, Jan:

    I’ve been reading your blog for sometime now, though I can’t remember how I found you. I love your articles and your writing style but have never posted a comment. I am finally moved to write you to ask you to elaborate on the amino acid protocol you mentioned that reduced your blood pressure. HBP runs in my family and I have been trying to address it with “natural” systems, e.g., various herbs and supplements, an aborted attempt with Chinese medicine (couldn’t stomach the brewed tea), chiropractic adjustments, etc. My holistic internist has finally put me on an ace inhibitor coupled with hydrochlorothiazide. Won’t bore you with details but am having mixed results, but I would love to get off these drugs so am keen to try your protocol. Perhaps in a previous blog you went into detail. Could you point me in the right direction? Many, many thanks for the fine work you are doing. BTW, I am 70 years young, as we elders like to say.   Judy Espovich


    Comment by Judith Espovich — March 27, 2014 @ 1:35 pm | Reply

    • Judy, sorry I took so long getting back to you. Thank you for dropping in and for your kind words, Appreciate that. Please see today’s post which was done for you and me and so many others like us who suffer this indignity. That’s why I wanted to share it. Let me know how it goes. Good luck Jan

      Comment by Jan Turner — March 28, 2014 @ 4:47 pm | Reply

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