NUTRITION NEWS - AUGUST 2020
LAST REVISED ON AUGUST 31, 2020
Dave, Why Are You Doing This?
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
There is an article titled What Explains the Egg-Cancer Connection? in the August 16 NutritionFacts.org 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
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):
- ( 3m) Can sugar cause diabetes and heart disease?
- ( 6m) Why are nitrates, nitrites and nitric oxide important
when it comes to heart health?
- (10m) What are the long term risks of high fat diets?
- (13m) What is a fasting mimicking diet and what are the benefits?
- (17m) Does fish consumption increase the risk for heart disease
- (20m) How much time should someone take before getting pregnant to
rid the body of mercury, PCBs and toxins from fish?
- (22m) With regard to fats, what are EPAs, DHAs, and ALAs?
- (26m) What about people with thyroid conditions?
- (28m) What supplements are healthy and why?
- (33m) What about collagen supplementation, especially bone broth?
- (37m) Is there a transition withdrawal period when people transition
from a Paleo, Keto or any high meat diet to a whole food plant-based diet?
- (39m) How would people know they have heart disease before a
heart attack or stroke?
Dr. Doug Lisle Interview
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,
Gianna Simone interviewed Dr. Lisle in early April asked him a number of questions
including (with approximate time stamps):
- ( 1m) Tell us about yourself and your book The Pleasure Trap.
- ( 4m) What is the ego trap?
- ( 7m) What is the Law of Satiation?
- (10m) What are the myths of moderation?
- (13m) Explain what dopamine, seratonin and endorphins are.
What are their functions and how to they relate to the pleasure trap.
- (17m) Does what and who we eat make a difference in how we feel
- (18m) How can we break free from unhealthy addictions like the standard American diet filled with junk food and processed meats?
- (19m) Can brain pathways move in healther directions, away from cycles of
addiction and how?
- (23m) How can one make eating a whole-food, plant-based diet and healthy
living pleasurable so its sustainable and exciting?
- (30m) What makes people's reactions and coping mechanisms differ so
drastically to the same situation?
- (35m) How much sleep do we need for optimal health and why?
- (38m) What are some of the adverse effects of coffee and caffienated
beverages, and why should we avoid it?
- (39m) How can we successfully, peasefully, and powerfully convince
others to make good choices like a whole-food, plant-based diet?
Top Nutrition and Lifestyle Doctors Answer Questions
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.
- World's Top Nutrution Doctor's Answer Questions - Part 3 (2h:23m)
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.,
- (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?
- (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?
- (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?
- (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.
- (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
- (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?
- World's Top Nutrution Doctor's Answer Questions - Part 4 (2h:32m)
Milton Mills, M.D., David Katz, M.D., Brenda Davis, R.D.
- (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
- Explain the results of the Health Professional Followup Study.
- (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?
- (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
- Are there risks to low cholesterol?
- (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?
- (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?
- (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
- 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?
- (1h 52m) A question:
- Comment on Chris Kressor's claim that there is no consistant
association between intake of saturated fat and heat disease.
- (2h 4m) A series of questions including:
- How does the breast milk of humans compare to the breast milk of
- 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?
- (2h 21m) A question:
- What should you buy at the supermarket to eat a healthy diet?