Whole, Rethinking nutrition : summer reads

Dr. Campbell, in the follow up to his book, The China Study, discusses the implications of a Whole Food Plant Based (WFPB) diet to research, social policy and healthcare. The China Study was a cross-sectional ecological design that found that higher consumption of animal products in different regions of China was correlated to greater the incidence of and mortality from cancer, heart disease, stroke etc.

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His central thesis is around the contribution of poor nutrition (nutritional imbalance) to cancer occurrence, or disease occurrence in general. Specifically, he states that a high protein diet increases MFO enzyme activity, leading to increased binding of toxic metabolite (AF) to DNA, causing more cancer.

He empowers us to have control over our health through the simple act of choosing what we eat. Dr Campbell states the current medical system focuses exclusively on treating symptoms, and steadfastly ignoring the root causes.  He believes the power of WFPB diet to act harmoniously on a broad variety of illnesses and that poor nutrition causes more disease than the “disease-care” system currently acknowledges.

He emphasizes that whole foods are astoundingly more potent as the same amount of isolated vitamins and supplement. This is because compounds in foods work together to be more effect in context of the whole than when in an isolated pill. As such, we don’t necessarily know how much of these vitamins and minerals we are getting from the food we eat… but that doesn’t matter because the body is smart enough to take what it needs from the foods we eat (even plant-based protein!) and waste the rest! How smart ?!

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… some food for thought! much love.

Paleo for Parkinson’s?

So, Darc and I decided to do a cleanse for the month of March. Spring is a great time to detox… your body and your living space (we moved apartments, so we also did some major spring cleaning of our ‘stuff’!). We decided to follow Tim Ferris’ 4-hour body Slow Carb Diet … basically cutting out everything but protein and veggies. It was hard, at first… then after a month we decided to extend it a bit longer. Now, a low carb diet is becoming a habit (are you surprise? this is from the guy who bakes … and I mean CHECK OUT THESE pancakes, english muffins, bread, cinnamon buns, pizza, AND croissants!!).

Lately, we’ve been looking into the Paleo diet (…though being a vegetarian i’m a bit unsure of where I’m going to get all my protein without legumes) and we came across this great book at the library…

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… and whatdya know, they have a section on eating for Neurological health, including Parkinson’s disease!

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The book suggests some nutrients, such as B vitamins, Vitamin C, D & E, magnesium,  potassium, omega-3’s, probiotics, zinc among others…

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It also discusses dietary / lifestyle factors you should add (fats, antioxidants, massage, stress-management) and avoid (gluten, dairy, sweeteners, caffeine) … though I DO NOT agree with avoiding high-intensity exercise, as research demonstrates it IS beneficial.
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… and finally some considerations around protein, Vitamin B6 and Levodopa.

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… now I’m curious… Let me know IN THE COMMENTS BELOWdo YOU follow ay special diet plans?

Have you tried a gluten-free or Paleo diet?

How does diet modification change YOUR Parkinson’s management (because we all know everyone is different!)??

much love.