I am writing this post because a number of people have asked what the optimal supportive diet for our health is. What I recommend is a Vegan diet that has these characteristics:
80-10-10 (80 percent carbs, 10 protein and 10 oil (at most))
50 percent Uncooked Fresh
Just to be clear, the Vegan Diet means that one does not eat any animal flesh, dairy, or eggs.
There are some arguments against the Vegan diet that I wish to address. One is that "Vegans do not get enough protein". The truth is that most humans are eating too much protein. When we eat more protein than our body needs to rebuild its tissues, then the extra protein needs to get used as fuel. The process of protein to energy conversion in our bodies is not as efficient as carbohydrate combustion and produces uric acid, among chemicals, as a by product. This tends to create an high acid condition in our bodies, forcing it to leach calcium from the bones to alkalize the blood stream, and thus eventually leading to osteoporosis. The high acid condition in our bodies also has other side effects, like arthritis, rheumatism, and gout. All of these relate to high acidic blood irritating tissues.
Two is that "Vegans do not get any vitamin B-12". This is partly true. For one, you can use supplementation, which would be good for anyone, Vegan or non-Vegan, through sublingual, liposomal, delivery Vitamin B-12 or even Vitamin B-12 injections. Given that humans are undergoing higher stress lifestyles and are tending to exhaust their B Vitamin reserves more quickly, supplementation here may be useful. My own preference is to use Nutritional Yeast, not to be confused with Brewers Yeast, which is loaded with B Vitamins and which is a natural product. Contrary to some misinformation, taking Nutritional Yeast does not cause Candida overgrowth in the body, but can actually help reduce the percentage of Candida yeast in our body back to the 20 percent or less than is usually there. The secret of keeping Candida under control is to avoid white sugar and refined wheat flour, its two favorite foods, while taking a lot of probiotic fermented foods, like Kombucha, Sauerkraut (the real homemade stuff or a product that does homemade quality for you and uses a good salt like Himalayan Salt, and not the superheat processed regular salt which does not fully dissolve in a glass of water and is highly likely to not fully dissolve inside your body), Apple Cider vinegar (the kind that is still "alive", not the over processed version), and Coconut Milk Kefir.
The probiotic foods will, given some time, create the natural intestinal flora that will produce the B Vitamins that we need, including Vitamin B-12. This means, even on a good Vegan diet, that we can get Vitamin B-12 by producing it in our bodies, in our intestines, with the right kind of bacterial cultures helping us. Unfortunately, given the kind of random addictive, additive laden, market driven, product driven, advertisement propaganda driven standard American diet, the natural intestinal flora that is meant to be there has long been replaced with Candida overgrowth and other toxic pathogens.
If I thought that people could actually be healthy on this kind of Standard American Diet (SAD for short), I would happily keep quiet about diet altogether and let people figure all this out on their own. But without people noticing, behind the scenes, as certain industrial processes have been perfected, the diet has gotten less and less healthy and worse and worse, without the product labels reflecting the significant changes that have made the diets inferior to what they once were.
Here are some of the product labels that should be on some food, if the labels were honest:
Raw Almonds: Honest Label: These Almonds are irradiated with Cesium 137 in order to increase shelf life, while killing the Almonds life force so that you can no longer sprout them, and while producing other random toxic byproducts so that these toxins actually prevent certain bacteria from prematurely spoiling the product so that it has a longer shelf life as a result.
Corn: Honest Label: 90 percent of the corn used in the world is Genetically Modified by the addition of genes coming from Bacillus Thuringiensis, which was once cultivated to produce a natural pesticide that was helpful in killing many insect pests that invaded mono-culture industrial farms, and which, because it was added externally to the plant, could biograde through the action of sunlight and water, but now, thanks to genetic modification via aggressive injection of the BT gene, is being produced inside the plant by the actual cells of the plant, so that the natural pesticide can no longer biodegrade in the environment, but now is inside the corn when it is eaten. This corn was fed to rats over a period of two years, with the rats themselves not wanting to eat this corn, being force fed through a funnel in their mouths, and after two years having cancer tumors all over their bodies. The chemical action of the BT pesticide kills the insect pests by drilling holes in their intestines. There are some inclusive studies that suggest that it also drills holes into mammalian intestines leading to an increase in allergic reactions among affected populations. There may be other side effects due to the gene interacting with the complex genetic programming of the plant, like more aggressive drilling of the corn pollens into the eyes of people, when the pollen encounters a moist surface that reminds them of the stamen moist surface it expects to find. There is also a chance that during the breaking down of corn during digestion that this loose BT gene may float freely and be incorporated into the cells of human beings who may then have an auto-immune illness with their own cells producing the same BT pesticide inside themselves. The parent company that holds the patent on GMO Corn, Monsanto, did only two six month studies on rats, neither noting the rat resistance to eating the BT corn, and was passed through EPA and FDA approval, from government agents some of who were found to be ex-employees of the same company. No safety studies were done prior to approval one the effect of GMO corn pollen on humans with or without allergies nor were their products labeled as GMO so that people could link cause and effect in their own experience of using these products. The study that showed cancer tumors in rats from eating GMO corn was published in a scientific journal that was later bought up by the same biotech company, who then installed their own employee as editor, who then retracted the study. The same study has since been republished in another reputable scientific peer review journal with a critique added concerning the actions of said company and concerning the secrecy of the two earlier six month studies that did not allow proper peer review by independent objective third parties and also concerning the lack of scope concerning what was tested (not studies on the effect of cross pollenation or of the impact of pollen interacting with allergic and non-allergic humans).
GMO Soy: Ditto the corn label minus the rat study.
GMO Wheat: Ditto the corn label minus the rat study.
Chicken: This chicken muscle tissue was processed from chickens which have been fed by GMO soy, wheat, and corn, plus the blood of their parents, plus antibiotics and other chemicals, under painful conditions where the chicken was perpetually suffering and exceting stress chemicals into their bodies. They have sometimes been driven so crazy in their captivity that they start wildly pecking each other through their cages until they are de-beaked, which causes them to feel perpetual pain by the severed nerve and be still having the emotions that drove them to madly peck each other. They are so diseased by these factory farming conditions that they have all kind of pathogens inside them that require the said antibiotics. Some researchers are concerned that the chickens are incubation chambers for the possible rise of super-pathogens that will be immune to all the antibiotics that our society has discovered and that the super-pathogens may be able to cross species lines and infect humans and other animals, continuing to mutate rapid to adapt to methods of eradication, just as they would have done inside the chickens. Because of this, even with the antibiotics, the chicken muscle tissue is washed of fecal matter and possible alive pathogens through an ammonia and chloride wash, before being put into the market place, the smell of these chemicals is still present even at the end product stage.
Cow: Same as chicken with the exception of the beak stuff.
Turkey: Same as chicken now, though it used be an exception where one could get better meat.
Free Range Chicken: Same as above for regular chicken with the exception that they go out of their cages and into the sunlight for about one or two hours a day.
My personal belief is that if the labels detailed exactly what conditions are food went through to get to the grocery store that we probably would not want to eat it and we would instinctive know that the food is adulterated in some way that makes it less desirable and less healthy to eat. This is also why I feel we should support local farmers who are happy to have us visit their farms and who have nothing to hide.
I want to belabor the lack of good quality in conventional foods that are part of the Standard American Diet, especially the GMO foods. The wheat, soy, and corn products are about 90 percent GMO. Strictly speaking, if a GMO seed is grown by organic methods, then it can carry the organic label. Since many GMO farms are next to organic farms, the cross pollenation can infect the organic farms and these GMO offspring would likely be GMO contaminated, and pass organic food standards and could be sold as organic. Curiously enough, when an organic farmer tried to sue the GMO farm for contaminating his fields with inferior genetic material binding his organic crops, the judge, who was an ex-biotech employee, ruled in favor of the GMO farm and required the organic farmer to pay for using GMO patented seed.
The GMO crops are paired with the use of Round Up which is a powerful weed killer which was part of the chemical cocktail called "Agent Orange" that was used to defoliate Viet Nam, cause neurological damage in American war veterans, and poison that land and people of Viet Nam so deeply that they are still recovering from the effects. Round Up kills weeds by binding minerals from the plants and is heavily sprayed around the GMO crops to keep the weeds under control. This means that the GMO crops are have less mineral nutrients and are therefore more acidic (minerals are the alkalizers in the diet). Acidic conditions in our blood stream give pathogens an advantage when fighting our immune system and make us have to fight longer with a handicap.
It seems that the weeds and the insects are adapting to these fanken crops, and another biotech company is thinking of released a GMO crop with 2,4D added to the weed killing cocktail, another ingredient in Agent Orange.
I am mentioning the above as a background why I feel we need to shift into a Vegan diet. Again, I would rather that everyone merrily eat whatever they want, but as a healer I just need to voice what I have learned from my experience working with people, about what is working and not working. I would prefer, for the sake of animals, that everyone was Vegan, but my motivation for writing these notes is the other reasons for being Vegan, namely that all beings be happy and healthy. I am also indirectly showing two things. One is how a Vegan diet does not have the health problems of the SAD diet. Two is that certain kinds of Vegan diets will have similar problems (if they include GMO corn, soy, and wheat products).
When people say that they have tried the Vegan diet and it did not work for them, it may be lack of consideration of all the other factors I have been reviewing in this post. Merely eliminating animal flesh, dairy, and eggs, while being a very positive step towards good health is, unfortunately, not enough by itself. Even eating all the right things is not enough. From years of eating a lousy diet, our bodies need to undergo special cleansing procedures so that when we do eat a high quality Vegan diet that we will be able to utilize the nutrients that we are getting.
Due to dairy products, which have casein, which is essentially Elmer's Glue (the smiling cow on the label is no accident), our intestines are gummed up. Clove oil and Chai Tea with Clove in it can help to break down this glue, along with other cleansing herbs. Again, I am talking about homemade Chai and not the mass produced versions out there. If you are going to buy Chai, make sure that it is created with standards rivaling a good homemade Chai. The tea needs to have the original intention of the Chai, which was to be a medicinal herbal brew that one could take daily, having ingredients like Green Tea, Cardamom, Ginger, Mint, and Clove. There are other cleansers worth using, but this can at least start the process.
A shopping list:
Baby Bok Choy
Potatoes (Yukon Gold, Purple Peruvian)
Green Lentils (harder to cook thoroughly, soak first)
Chickpeas (Hummus, soak first before cooking, add lemon)
Dandelion Root (and Greens)
Sencha Green Tea
Pu Erh Tea
Pine Needles (caution 3 varieties are toxic)
Olive Oil (low use see percentages above)
Sesame Oil (low use)
Walnut Oil (low use)
Hemp Oil (low use)
Flaxseed Oil (low use, mix with others to preserve)
The above list is not meant to be exhaustive, just to give a start. I also included a few wild plants that may be very hard to find at a grocery store or coop, but the price is right when you find them in nature. Making soups and doing stir fry is possible with the items on this list. I recommend a lot of mono-meals with fruit or fruit smoothies. Banana, Mango, and Coconut Juice makes a tasy smoothie. Cucumber, Banana, and Mango is very alkalizing. Ginger (powder), Fenugreek (grind this), Clove (grind this), and Dill Seed (grind this) makes a good "Kapha Balancing Tea" when we are overweight and bloated, and is a good general balancer and healer otherwise. If you are doing stir fry, try not to overcook. Due to the nature of a good stir fry, it is almost like fresh veggies in nutritional quality and is more sterile (some fresh food needs proper cleaning, like ozonating the veggies in water, especially when manure fertilizers were used). When people are used to cooking animal flesh, higher heat is needed for some sterilization and this kills some of the vitality of the plants. People with this background need to rethink and refeel this cooking difference.
What I find is that people have been conditioned deeply to think that a lot of protein is needed. Yet mother's milk is less than 10 percent protein. If we do not need more than 10 percent protein when we are doubling and tripling the size of our bodies, then we do not need more than 10 percent as adults. As mentioned above, when we eat too much protein (which is the SAD diet norm aka 40-30-30) our bodies gets acidic and has more waste products to remove. It is not as pure a food. It can temporarily feel more energizing to people, eating animal flesh, when candida is present at above 20 percent or when a person has been eating a low carb Vegan diet with too much protein also, but in the long run it is better to adjust to 80-10-10 (the ratios of human mother's milk, it is also the ratio of Bananas, Quinoa, and Buckwheat). The oils mentioned are all low heat oils. High heat oils are not needed in a healthy Vegan diet. It is recommended that one stay away from high heat fried foods.
The above is an introduction and overview to a healing Vegan diet. I hope to add more thoughts about it and to develop some important themes, and give some recipes too. I wish that this introduction were really all that one needed, but more needs to be shared. Hopefully it is enough to get one started and can serve as an outline to find out the rest.