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 Why Do Vegetarians Live Longer? 
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Post Why Do Vegetarians Live Longer?
Kathy Freston

Nearly a decade of extra life -- that's what you get when you move away from eating animal foods and toward a plant-based diet. This is really exciting science for anyone seeking healthy longevity (and who isn't?)!

According to a recent report on the largest study of vegetarians and vegans to date, those eating plant-based diets appear to have a significantly longer life expectancy. Vegetarians live on average almost eight years longer than the general population, which is similar to the gap between smokers and nonsmokers. This is not surprising, given the reasons most of us are dying. In an online video, "Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death," Michael Greger, M.D. explores the role a healthy diet can play in preventing, treating, and even reversing the top 15 killers in the United States. Let's take a closer look at what the good doctor has pulled together...

Heart disease is our leading cause of death. The 35-year follow-up of the Harvard Nurses Health Study was recently published, now the most definitive long-term study on older women's health. Dietary cholesterol intake -- only found in animal foods -- was associated with living a significantly shorter life and fiber intake -- only found in plant foods -- was associated with living a significantly longer life. Consuming the amount of cholesterol found in just a single egg a day may cut a woman's life short as much as smoking five cigarettes daily for 15 years, whereas eating a daily cup of oatmeal's worth of fiber appears to extend a woman's life as much as four hours of jogging a week. (But there's no reason we can't do both!)

What if your cholesterol's normal, though? I hear that a lot. But here's the thing: having a "normal" cholesterol in a society where it's "normal" to drop dead of a heart attack is not necessarily a good thing. According to the editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Cardiology, "For the build-up of plaque in our arteries to cease, it appears that the serum total cholesterol needs to be lowered to the 150 area. In other words the serum total cholesterol must be lowered to that of the average pure vegetarian."

More than 20 years ago, Dr. Dean Ornish showed that heart disease could not just be stopped but actually reversed with a vegan diet, arteries opened up without drugs or surgery. Since this lifestyle cure was discovered, hundreds of thousands have died unnecessary deaths. What more does one have to know about a diet that reverses our deadliest disease?

Cancer is killer number two. Ah, the dreaded "C" word -- but look at this hopeful science. According to the largest forward-looking study on diet and cancer so far performed, "the incidence of all cancers combined is lower among vegetarians." The link between meat and cancer is such that even a paper published in the journal Meat Science recently asked, "Should we become vegetarians, or can we make meat safer?" There are a bunch of additives under investigation to suppress the toxic effects the blood-based "heme" iron, for example, which could provide what they called an "acceptable" way to prevent cancer. Why not just reduce meat consumption? The meat science researchers noted that if such public health guidance were adhered to, "Cancer incidence may be reduced, but farmers and [the] meat industry would suffer important economical problems..." Hmmm, so Big Ag chooses profit over health; what a surprise.

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Read more here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kathy-freston/plant-based-diet_b_1981838.html

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Nice one for the record Blue!

And also to be noted - veggies rarely get prostrate issues.

We will see much more of this data being published in the near future imo.

36 years of being a veggie - and I have not had one regret... I love it. (Maybe just the amount of my home baked bread made with stone ground flour that I eat - its soooo yummy...)


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I knew you would like this! :heart

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Post Re: Why Do Vegetarians Live Longer?
It is because of the Modern Diet (as prescribed by the Gubments of our poor World)

Far to much Acidity ensues and then follows the Big C, Parkinsons, Multiple Sclerosis, ALS, Arthritis, Inflammations ET AL!!!!

Simple diet - reduce body acidity and Bingo!


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Sky wrote:
It is because of the Modern Diet (as prescribed by the Gubments of our poor World)

Far to much Acidity ensues and then follows the Big C, Parkinsons, Multiple Sclerosis, ALS, Arthritis, Inflammations ET AL!!!!

Simple diet - reduce body acidity and Bingo!


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Alkalize man!!!

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WE KNOW ALREADY!!!

Alkaline Foods and Diets, and a Healthier Lifestyle

An Alkaline diet and lifestyle is the best way to experience optimal health, vitality and energy. Western diets are high in acid-forming foods, resulting in poor health results for most people. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, in 2008 heart disease and cancers were the leading cause of death in this country. Also 50% of adult Australians are overweight and 50% experience cancer at some stage in their life. Now more than ever it is important for people to take steps to manage and maintain their health.

Well Duh!

The main foods to include in an Alkaline diet are:

Vegetables, especially green vegetables

Grasses such as wheat and barley grass

Low sugar fruits (lemons, limes, grapefruit, avocados and tomatoes)

Fresh herbs

Alkaline water

Alkaline supplements (such as pHour salts)

Grains such as buckwheat, millet and quinoa

some nuts and seeds (better when soaked)

COOL!

Natural Minty thick shake

1/3-1/2 of a Cucumber

Juice 1/2 lemon or 1 lime

1 creamy avocado

1 cup raw baby spinach

1/2 can coconut cream (I use Ayam 270ml brand as it is 100%

Coconut without thickeners)

2-4 sprigs for fresh mint leaves

1-2 scoops of core greens or pHruits & pHoliage http://www.smarterhealth.com.au/shopexd.asp?id=150

14 ice cubes (optional)

Combine all ingredients and blend to desired consistency. Variation: Leave out the ice cubes, and freeze malt into pops.

After blending you can also add as a topping: 1 tbl spoon each of ground (I use a coffee grinder) flax seeds,sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, Chia seeds and one or two of each of the following nuts: Almonds, Brazil, Macadamia, Walnut, Hazelnut etc.1 tbls of psyllium husks can be added to thicken up the shake. Sometimes I also add as a topping 1/2 of a lemon (with skin) and 2 tablespoons of olive oil blended together.

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Hey - that's a cool recipe fr33k! - thanks

I am gonna try it tonight as an appetizer!

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