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Animal Source Foods
The subject of animal source foods was difficult for me when researching ways to combat my cancer. I always enjoyed meat and dairy and “bought” the sales pitches that we need the calcium or the protein or whatever…..I also knew I would not stay alive if I continued to put anything in my body that facilitated cancer. I had no choice but to find out the truth about my food sources because the only way to survive was to make my body inhospitable to cancer. There was no way I was going to burn it out or survive an assault of chemical drugs.
As on every other topic, I sought a consensus because I wasn’t going to give up my beloved roast beef and cheddar cheese for no good reason. Bill Henderson, in my “anchor book” (Cancer Free) said, “NO ANIMAL PROTEIN INCLUDING DAIRY” except the cottage cheese, yogurt or kefir used in the Budwig protocol because of the chemical change that takes place in both the dairy and flax oil when mixed. The flax oil in this protocol is a major source for healthy Omega-3 fatty acid and the mixing makes this oil water soluble and readily absorbable. For underlying research, Henderson cited T. Colin Campbell’s book, The China Study. Campbell grew up on a cattle farm and began his education and research in food animal nutrition. He later spent ten years seeking to fight childhood malnutrition in the Philippines about which he says, “The aim of these efforts in the Philippines was simple: make sure that children were getting as much protein as possible. It was widely thought that much of the childhood malnutrition in the world was caused by a lack of protein, especially from animal-based foods. Universities and governments around the world were working to alleviate a perceived “protein gap” in the developing world.” Years of peer reviewed grant supported research have led Campbell to adopt a vegan diet and he is particularly helpful in understanding the damage of too much protein.
Campbell says, “The findings from the China Study indicate that the lower the percentyage of animal-based foods that are consumed, the greater the health benefits–even when that percentage declines from 10% to 0% of calories. So it is not unreasonable to assume that the optimum percentage of animal-based products is zero” (p. 242). This book explains that we can get plenty of protein from plant based diets without the risks.
I’ll conclude this post with a list of other sources regarding animal source foods; however, I want to summarize the impact of these foods on health including but not limited to cancer.
- Animal Source Foods are too high in protein. The “upside down” FDA pyramid is strongly influenced by the dairy and meet producers’ lobbies as most of my sources indicate.
- Animal Source Foods have very high fat content which clogs blood vessels, raises blood pressure, raises cholesterol, and coats the cell walls to inhibit insulin from reaching insulin receptors as well as compromising cellular respiration and movement of nutrients into and wastes out of cells.
- Animal Source Foods are acidic and disease thrives in an acidic body environment. Stomach acid problems such as reflux disease are usually eliminated by removing animal source foods from one’s diet. Cancer requires acidic environment to develop and thrive.
- Most animal products contain antibiotics which are passed to the consumer of meat and dairy products damaging natural intestinal bacteria and causing Candida and yeast infections.
- Most animal products contain growth hormones to either speed up animal growth or push for more milk production. These hormones are passed along to the consumer and lowering the age of puberty and increase breast development in female children.
- Many diseases have been caused or contributed to by the inflammation and altered biochemistry caused by eating animal source food. This food also has no fiber and remains in the digestive tract a very long time allowing for absorption of more of the toxins into the consumer’s body.
(Note: You can get a free download from www.hacres.com called “Biblical Nutrition 101” that documents the above points and provides documentation. The Malkmus book, The Hallelujah Diet, is a well documented summary of both the Biblical and scientific arguments for leaving animal source food out of one’s diet. The comparative anatomy chart chart on page 111 is particularly interesting. The foreword by T. Colin Campbell, PhD, author of The China Study was particularly intriguing. I don’t follow the Hallelujah Diet exactly but I do follow it in principle. I just don’t do all the juicing and breakfast protocol. The online recipes are wonderful.
The pH Miracle by Robert O. Young (pp. 120-121) teaches some steps for transitioning from meat and dairy to alternatives. This book concentrates on balancing the acid/alkaline nature of our body chemistry. This book (pp 76-77) says, “Like most animal foods, dairy products contain hormone and pesticide residues, microforms, mycotoxins, and saturated fats. Layer on top of all those goodies milk sugar (lactose) that breaks down like any sugar and feeds harmful microforms.” I think it’s important to remember that food and dairy animals are ruminants meant to eat grass, chew their cuds, etc. They are not designed to eat concentrated rich grains such as corn nor legumes such as soybeans.
The book, Re-thinking Cancer, says “It should be emphasized, too, that many people have been consuming quantities of animal protein above and beyond what the body can comfortably metabolize. We need to be reminded, for example, that excess protein is stored around the cell membrane. This protein build-up can reach a density which blocks cell permeability, so that there can no longer be adequate absorption of nutrients.” (p 85)
The book, How to fight Cancer and Win, (p 270) “reminds us that man is the only creature in the world who continues unnecessarily to drink milk after being weaned.” It points out that the enzymes required to digest milk gradually disappear and are gone after age 3 in human beings. This book also points out, “The calcium present in cow’s milk is in a very heavy form, difficult for the human body to process and assimilate efficiently. (p 271). Finally, this book agrees with the others we read which point out that we need not worry about a calcium deficiency when giving up dairy and meat as good green leafy vegetables, most fruits, and all nuts and most food seeds are rich sources of easily absorbed calcium.
Finally, in the book, What the Bible Says About Healthy Eating, Rex Russell, MD, relates a quote from Dr. Michail J. Wargovich of M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston:
“In the last three to four years we’ve found that fruits and vegetables (author emphasis) contain a variety of powerful chemicals which interact and bind to chemical carcinogens, rendering them inactive. Some of these chemicals might also interfere with the metabolism of carcinogens rendering them inactive. Some of these chemicals might also interfere with the metabolism of carcinogens in the liver.”
You can also consult these books on the subject of animal source food: Eat to Live and The Greatest Diet on Earth by Joel Fuhrman, M.D. as well as Diet for a New America by John Robbins.
All this information notwithstanding, my own experience has been that, once I gave up animal source food (even though I will very rarely take a bite or two of grassfed organically raised beef, turkey or chicken carefully prepared) I do not miss it or crave meat or dairy. The pay off in eating all the fresh organic vegetables I want along with whole grain (sprouted) bread, cereal, pasta, and some fruit (mostly berries and almost no citrus except fresh squeezed organic lemon juice) is HUGE. I feel amazing and have enormous energy without any sluggishness. NO joint pain or “knocking and pinging” in this 67 year old body. NO muscle aching. No bloating or reflux. No feeling of being uncomfortably full. It must be the way we are designed to eat because it feels wonderful. I am never hungry. Weight control is automatic. Feeling this good I would never go back to chowing down on meat and potatoes–not worth it even if cancer wasn’t a concern. I don’t know anyone who has fully beaten cancer without giving up animal protein or severely cutting back on it. I have one friend who eats a little cheese occasionally and increases her greens at those times.
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