Tuesday, April 23, 2013

A Big Fat Lie?

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by Morley Evans

What should we eat? What should we avoid?

Discussion on LinkedIn

Morley Evans • Dear fellow fans of fruits, berries and vegetables,

Judging from the preceding comments, I conclude that everyone here subscribes to the idea that abstinence from animal products leads to health and vitality. The movie everyone loves certainly says that. What if that message is wrong? Protein can be sourced from plants. Fat cannot. What if fat is an essential nutrient that is required to metabolize all those micronutrients found in fruits, berries and vegetables? Dr. Esselstyn insists plant-derived oils be avoided. Evidence suggests that plant-derived oils and man-made fat-like products cause CHD and cancer. What if the century-long war on fat has all been a big fat lie? Even more disturbing, what if the 60-year-long war on germs is as misguided — a mistake endangering our health and the planet itself? We are doomed to lose those wars.

Somehow, people got the idea that animal fat (and then cholesterol) is evil. How very odd. People have been eating animal fat for millennia. We would not be here if fat is evil or deleterious to human health.

Morley Evans • Dr. Esselstyn says: "NO OIL! Not even olive oil, which goes against a lot of other advice out there about so-called good fats. The reality is that oils are extremely low in terms of nutritive value. They contain no fiber, no minerals and are 100% fat calories. And above all they contain saturated fat which immediately injures the endothelial lining of the arteries when eaten. It doesn't matter whether it's olive oil, corn oil, coconut il or any other kind , avoid ALL oil. This is so important I have detailed oil in Chapter 10."

Dr. Esselstyn doesn't say to avoid avocado, nuts, flax seed. He says to avoid OIL made from plants. That might be the essence of his cure combined with the thousands of micronutrients in fruits, berries and vegetables and the avoidance of sugar and foods that convert instantly into sugar. Frankenfoods like HFCS and other chemistry from the labs must be completely avoided too, of course. Dr. Esselstyn doesn't like animal fat either. To emphasize, his diet may work because his patients do not eat plant oils (which he confuses with animal fat) and they do eat fruits and vegetables. This calls for some rigorous clinical trials.

I am learning about the GAPS diet recommended by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride to cultivate a healthy gut and create a healthy body. Broth made from animal bones is a staple (beef, fowl, fish). Of course there are problems with our food. It is next-to-impossible to avoid everything. One can only do the best one can. Tower Garden is an excellent choice if one wants high quality nutrient dense unadulterated food with no shipping and storage! If one gets sick, God forbid, medicine is no help. I am doing well with chicken broth. My psoriasis is disappearing since I started making some of the adjustments Dr. Campbell-McBride recommends.

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