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Alzheimer’s Disease and Meat Consumption

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We Are What We Eat

When my doctor diagnosed me with high blood pressure and potential heart disease, she put me on the strictest diet of very low saturated fat and cholesterol, and I could eat white fish once or twice a week. Maybe eat turkey breast which is low in fat and cholesterol.

Basically, with exception to eating fish twice a week, and if I consumed dairy it was to be non-fat milk or cheese, I was on a 95% vegetarian low-fat diet.

Most men my age don’t even like to go to the doctor, let alone get their cholesterol and triglyceride levels checked. Those who are big meat eaters and haven’t seen their doctor in years are playing Russian roulette with their lives.

But, as far as meat eating is concerned, at least 95% of Americans are big meat eaters, and yet they get all sorts of diseases related to excess meat consumption. And there’s a growing amount of evidence linking a diet heavy on saturated fat and cholesterol consumption (animal foods) to Alzheimer’s Disease. And although the percentage is very small that vegans seldom get this disease, the evidence is overwhelming that if you are a longtime meat eater you have a high probability that you’ll get Alzheimer’s Disease.

Meat Eating and Alzheimer’s Disease

Studies have shown that risk for AD is greater in people who consume diets high in cholesterol, saturated fats, and total calories and low in fiber, vegetables, and fruits. Such diets seem to play a role in the formation of beta-amyloid plaques and in causing oxidative damage to neurons. This is also supported by data demonstrating a decreased risk of AD with use of lipid-lowering medications and by preliminary findings in one study, which showed an increased incidence in dementia in heavy meat eaters compared with vegetarians.

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
Diet and Alzheimer’s Disease

Recent research suggests that Alzheimer’s disease, like heart disease and strokes, is linked to the saturated fat, cholesterol, and toxins found in meat and dairy products. Studies have shown that people who eat meat and dairy products have a greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease than do vegetarians. In contrast, the protective properties of chemicals commonly found in plants—such as antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals—help substantially lower the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Check out: Alzheimer’s and Brain Health

See also: Diet and Alzheimer’s Disease

Propaganda Against Vegan Diets

There’s been a LOT of propaganda (probably by lobbyists of the Meat and Dairy Industries) that a Vegan Diet is not healthy for you.

Their claims are that vegans can’t get enough Vitamin B12 and that the best sources can only be found in animal foods.

That’s pure hogwash because if any person tried vegan for a week and monitored their B12 intake, they would see (if they ate a wide variety of vegan foods) that they are getting enough B12 in their diet.

I just have to point out to retired Cardio-Thoracic Surgeon Dr. Ellsworth Wareham every time, and that’ll put this controversy to rest. He’s a 102 year old vegan who’s been a vegan for over 55 years and mows his lawn and drives his car at 102! He’s vegan, and has been since his mid-50s. Before that he was a vegetarian.

The Meat and Dairy Industries are big money, and of course they will diss the vegan diet because it doesn’t promote meat and dairy products!

And as far as protein?

I’ve said this many times here until I was blue in the face.

All foods contain protein and amino acids. Proteins, wherever they come from have to be broken down by the body anyway. This means that your body must expend time and energy in breaking down these proteins into amino acids which in turn get re-assemble into protein that YOUR body can use.

It’s actually better to eat those plant foods that contain the essential amino acids your body needs so that it’s easier to assemble them into human protein!

Meat eaters will get complete proteins from animal foods, but they don’t realize that they tend to overeat animal foods and therefore they will get excess protein that will include saturated fats, cholesterol, animal byproducts like uric acid, hormones, antibiotics and who know what else!

That is why many eaters get the Gout, though they are hesitate to tell anyone about it.

It’s not so much being an omnivore that’s the problem. It’s the fact that Americans in general consume too much animal foods, then they get all the chronic diseases associated with eating them! It seems that the problem is this:

  • The Meat and Dairy Industries constantly bombard us with ads, and have taught us from an early age that eating animal products is good for the body.
  • And psychologically speaking, we think that the more animal products we eat, the better we’ll be. It’s that more-is-better type of thinking which is ingrained in the American psyche.

If my doctor way back then told me to only eat fish twice a week and the rest was vegetarian foods, going non-fat with all dairy products, doesn’t that tell you something?

This is a typical diet that they give to potential heart disease patients as well as post-surgery heart patients!

And if a Cardio-Thoracic surgeon (who’s operated on at least hundreds of open heart surgeries) goes vegan, that’s telling you something too, because this person has seen it all as far as heart disease goes!

So, the bottom line is that we ALL need to switch to a more plant-based diet, AND if we don’t go completely vegan, we need to reduce our consumption of animal products, and eat more whole foods and eliminate or greatly reduce our consumption of processed foods.



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Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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