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Dave, Why Are You Doing This?  (Top) (Bot)

Some of you may be wondering why I am taking the time to make nutrition presentations and write a monthly nutrition newsletter. One reason is that I learned at an early age that the best way for me to really learn something is to teach it or write about it. Another reason is that it reinforces my choice to eat a whole food plant-based (WFPB) diet to greatly increase the odds that the remainder of my life will be disease free and enjoyable.

But the main reason is that I think everyone should consider a whole food plant based diet. I can not definitely say that the WFPB diet is the right choice for anybody. But I can say it has made a big difference in my health since I replaced all animal products including dairy, refined carbohydrates and junk food with whole fruits, whole vegetables, whole grains and legumes (peas, beans and lentils). And there is a vast amount of unbiased science that points to a whole food plant centered diet as the best way to avoid chronic disease and the need to spend your last years in skilled care.

I am not responsible for your health. Your doctor is not responsible for your health. You are responsible for your health. You can listen to what I say or what your doctor says but you should do your own research before you blindly follow any such advice. So my main objective is to point you to resources that I believe are objective and reliable with regard to nutrition so you can investigate the role of nutrition and make an informed choice.

Your probably eat food at least three times a day. Believe it or not, food is medicine and like any medicine you take you should be aware of the benefits and side effects.

What Explains the Egg-Cancer Connection  (Top) (Bot)

There is an article titled What Explains the Egg-Cancer Connection? in the August 16 Weekly Blog Digest that explains the relationship between the bacteria in our gut and the foods we eat to create TMA which has been linked to heart disease and colon cancer risk.

Dr. Joel Kahn Interview  (Top) (Bot)

Dr. Joel Kahn is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Michigan School of Medicine and practices cardiology in Detroit. Gianna Simone interviewed Dr. Kahn at the end of July and asked him a number of questions including (with approximate time stamps):

Dr. Doug Lisle Interview  (Top) (Bot)
You should definitely watch this video if you have ever struggled with attempts to improve your diet, stop a craving, or end an addiction.

Dr. Lisle is currently the staff psychologist at both the TrueNorth Health Center and the McDougall Wellness Program, both located in Santa Rosa, California. Gianna Simone interviewed Dr. Lisle in early April asked him a number of questions including (with approximate time stamps):

Top Nutrition and Lifestyle Doctors Answer Questions  (Top) (Bot)

Every year the Hippocrates Health Institute sponsors a free The Real Truth About Health Conference at which the world's top nutrition and lifestyle doctors explain the latest research on how to dramatically reduce your chance of getting a disease while maintaining your optimal weight and health. This year the conference included four sessions at which a panel of doctors answered questions posed by the moderator. I documented the first two sessions in the July Nutrition News. The links to the last two sessions follow.

  1. World's Top Nutrution Doctor's Answer Questions - Part 3 (2h:23m)
    with Pam Popper, Ph.D., N.D., Ph.D., Milton Mills, M.D., Garth Davis, M.D., David Katz, M.D., Brenda Davis, R.D., Joel K. Kahn, M.D.,
    1. (1m) A series of questions including:
      • Does the food industry design food to be addictive?
      • Explain the study that showed eating animal protein increased death by 75% and cancer by 400% over an 18 year period.
      • Explain why 10 times more people who live in Loma Linda live to age 100 compared to those living in Los Angelos?
      • What is the Epic Oxford Health Study?
      • Should we eat bone broth?
      • Is it true that the egg industry sponsored 92% of the egg studies since 1990?
    2. (18m) A series of questions including:
      • Explain the study that showed the increase in heart attack risk as you move from Japan to Hawaii and the United States.
      • What is the impact of processed meat on cancer risk?
      • Tell us about that study that showed eating fish increases the risk of diabetes?
      • How did Finland in the 1970's go from the highest rate of a heart attack to a dramatically lower rate?
      • Tell us about the study that showed three months on a plant-based diet increased telomere length and why does it matter?
      • Is there is a reason we should be 100% plant based?
    3. (43m) A series of questions including:
      • How much protein do we need and are you positive that we do not need to eat animial products to get enough protein?
      • Do you ever recommend cholesterol lowering drugs?
      • How does human anatomy compare to animals that eat animals?
      • Should we avoid glucose and glutamine to avoid cancer?
      • How do you prevent dementia?
      • What is candida and how do you get rid of it?
    4. (1h 20m) A series of questions including:
      • Do plant based eaters have to be careful to get enough vitamin D, omega 3's, iodine and other micronutrients?
      • Dr. Kahn: Explain "I have never scooped sugar out of a blocked artery, I scoop cholesterol out of a blocked artery?"
      • What does the science say about fish consumption and our health?
      • Are there any plant based whole foods that should be avoided?
      • How do you prevent and treat uniary tract infections?
      • Explain why do 21 international organizations say eat as little saturated fat as possible.
    5. (1h 51m) A series of questions including:
      • How do we protect our thyroid glan?
      • What do you recommend for people with acid reflux?
      • What do you recommend for people who have eczema?
      • Do you recommend mamograms?
      • What type of treatment would you recommend for someone diagnosed with cancer?
    6. (2h 17m) A series of questions including:
      • Should women going through menopause take hormones?
      • Does heating oils turn them into carcinogens?
      • Do you recommend colonoscopies?
      • Should we learn from some of the companies that analyze your DNA?

  2. World's Top Nutrution Doctor's Answer Questions - Part 4 (2h:32m)
    with Milton Mills, M.D., David Katz, M.D., Brenda Davis, R.D.
    1. (1m) A series of questions including:
      • Do African Americans need to take any special regard with respect to lifestyle and Vitamin (hormone) D?
      • Should women suffer during memopause if they make healthy lifestyle choices?
      • Explain the results of the Health Professional Followup Study.
    2. (14m) A series of questions including:
      • Were humans originally hunter, gatherers until a few thousand years ago and does that mean we should be eating some animal products?
      • Explain what the Adventist Health Study was and is it important?
      • Are there any negative studies on the effects of whole-food, plant-based diets with respect to dementia?
    3. (49m) A series of questions including:
      • Should we assume that universities are caring institutions who provide unbiased scientific information?
      • Where do the largest and strongest animals on this planet get their protein?
      • Are there risks to low cholesterol?
    4. (1h 2m) A series of questions including:
      • Tell us about the study that showed the reduction in cardiovascular risk when women substituted beef with beans.
      • Is it true that all animal protein is second hand protein that originally came from plants?
      • What tests should we get to make sure we are healthy?
    5. (1h 8m) A series of questions including:
      • Why have obesity rates increased so much in the last 50 years?
      • Which of the carbohydrates should we avoid?
      • What are your thoughts on the increased rate of autism, alergies, asthma, ADHD and other childhood diseases?
    6. (1h 29m) A series of questions including:
      • Do some blood types need animal products?
      • How do we keep strong bones and prevent osteopenia, osteoporsis, and osteoarthritis?
      • How many high quality studies support the claim that you have an 80% less lifetime risk of chronic disease if you avoid tobacco, eat a healthy high quality diet, and exercise?
    7. (1h 52m) A question:
      • Comment on Chris Kressor's claim that there is no consistant association between intake of saturated fat and heat disease.
    8. (2h 4m) A series of questions including:
      • How does the breast milk of humans compare to the breast milk of other animals?
      • How do the bite force, saliva and teeth of plant eaters different form animal eaters?
      • How can we lose weight?
      • How do you avoid migraine headaches?
      • How can we avoid chronic kidney disease?
    9. (2h 21m) A question:
      • What should you buy at the supermarket to eat a healthy diet?

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