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  • Ken, can you elaborate on this point: "Animal sourced protein causes insulin resistance by a different mechanism from fat. Instead of directly inhibiting insulin, it inhibits your efficiency by damaging the endothelium cell lining of the blood vessels, reducing nutrient and oxygen transfer." ...

    Ken, can you elaborate on this point: "Animal sourced protein causes insulin resistance by a different mechanism from fat. Instead of directly inhibiting insulin, it inhibits your efficiency by damaging the endothelium cell lining of the blood vessels, reducing nutrient and oxygen transfer."

    I understand the issues of injured endothelium for heart disease & leaky gut, but not for insulin resistance. I understand if the endothelium can't make nitric oxide that impairs the blood vessel by making it stiff and blood flow isn't as easy, resulting in less oxygen going to cells, but I don't yet understand how this interferes with glucose being guided into the muscle cells through the insulin receptors.

    Loved seeing examples of your food. So simple, yet so healthy. It really does feel like a miracle. The miracle of plants!

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  • Ok, so the fat does come out, but in the process, the ketones injure the muscle cells to the point that new insulin receptors would still not develop or work properly to bring glucose into the cells and that is why insulin resistance remains??? Am I summarizing your point correctly or incorrectly?

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  • Dr. Carney, I want to better understand something about ketosis being used to resolve diabetes type2 particularly as it applies to people eating meat even though it is not an approach I would support as a WFPB educator. When diabetics uses this approach, how is it that the fat leaves their...

    Dr. Carney, I want to better understand something about ketosis being used to resolve diabetes type2 particularly as it applies to people eating meat even though it is not an approach I would support as a WFPB educator. When diabetics uses this approach, how is it that the fat leaves their muscle cells when they continue to eat meat? Does this happen nevertheless because fat is being burned because they are in ketosis? So even though they are taking in meat that potentially adds to the fat in their body, because they are in ketosis, this fat is released instead as it is burned for fuel? I understand insulin resistance gets better once a person loses weight, but it seems odd to me that this could happen when still eating the meat (and other fatty foods) that caused the resistance in the first place. I am assuming it is because of the special nature of ketosis that this can work. So if a diabetic is in ketosis and loses weight and blood sugars start to fall as insulin resistance declines, does this mean at the same time that the heart vessels are not being compromised by fat because the fat is being burned? I assume that is not the case because you and other docs talk about the long-term detrimental effects about being in ketosis. If you can help clear this issue up for me, I would appreciate it. Thank you again for all you great posts on keeping us healthy.

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  • Dario, Following up on Deborah's comment: How fortunate you are that you found this article on Dr. Carney's site. This valuable information, if you take it to heart, can transform your life in many significant ways. I am a long time plant-based eater and at age 65, I take no medicines and...

    Dario, Following up on Deborah's comment: How fortunate you are that you found this article on Dr. Carney's site. This valuable information, if you take it to heart, can transform your life in many significant ways. I am a long time plant-based eater and at age 65, I take no medicines and have no chronic diseases. Most people my age are on meds, many on hypertension or statin drugs. I encourage you to start reading about whole food plant-based nutrition and listening to lectures by plant-based doctors. First gobble up all the great info on Dr. Carney's site. Then you can find even more. Go to YouTube and type in plant-based diets and some of the other doctor names that Dr. Carney mentions on her site: John McDougal, Michael Greger, Joel Furhman, Michael Klaper, Neal Barnard and there are others you will find as well. Check out my Facebook and Youtube page called Happy Vegan Couple. On youtube, we have cooking videos for lots of easy and healthy WFPB recipes you can begin to learn to cook. On Facebook, we post tons of educational articles and lectures on plant-based nutrition. It is a great learning site to advance your knowledge. Once you learn about the power of plant-based nutrition and hopefully commit to a new lifestyle, please let us know how you are doing. We hope you will find all of the great benefits that the rest of us have achieved!

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  •   ​Set your timers: In about 5 minutes, you can make this delicious creamy chocolate ice cream. No need to run out to the store for a pint of ice cream; just gather your few ingredients and whip this up in your blender. This recipe will work best in a powerful blender like a Vitamix because it can make the te...
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  • Personal anecdote. My 62 year old husband eating a WFPB diet for the last 3 years has no problems with ED. Might be interesting if others having the same experience would add their own case histories.

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  • Deborah, Yes that could be an issue from what I've learned too. These friends are pretty careful WFPB eaters from what I know so I imagine they stick with the 1-2 ounces of nuts that many of the docs prescribe. Since nuts are protective for many good things, I would not want to give up a...

    Deborah, Yes that could be an issue from what I've learned too. These friends are pretty careful WFPB eaters from what I know so I imagine they stick with the 1-2 ounces of nuts that many of the docs prescribe. Since nuts are protective for many good things, I would not want to give up a reasonable amount. The problem I think is overeating nuts not using them sparingly. And of course I am talking about healthy nuts, raw, not sweetened or roasted. I am assuming Deborah that you have not taken the blood test either since you haven't mentioned it.

    Ken, I understand your point. For each of us, we have to find what we believe works. Hopefully you take in the evidence based data, try it out, and then make changes when warranted for your personal needs.

    After participating in this discussion, I am more inclined now to spend the money and take the blood test and see what it finds. I really don't like the idea of supplementing if I have no personal need, but if I'm at a low level of something that could be critically important as protecting my cognitive ability, I would want to know that. So maybe I will take the test and see what it show for this WFPB eater. If I do, I will report back.

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  • Chris, my number 28 was for the Vitamin D test. I hear what you are saying about DHA being unstable and oxidizing quickly yet several WFPB docs suggest supplementing is a good thing particularly for older folks. Why would Greger and Klaper for instance suggest this if they felt the supplement...

    Chris, my number 28 was for the Vitamin D test. I hear what you are saying about DHA being unstable and oxidizing quickly yet several WFPB docs suggest supplementing is a good thing particularly for older folks. Why would Greger and Klaper for instance suggest this if they felt the supplement wouldn't do any good because of the issues you raise? I respect these men greatly for their work and advocacy for WFPB nutrition and they don't seem to have any financial bias in recommending these algae supplements. Some might suggest Fuhrman could be biased since he sells his own brand, but not the other two.

    Ken, I hear you that fear is not a way to live; all we do is lose precious moments when we focus on our fears and not the moment in front of us. Nevertheless in a similar vein as what I suggested to Chris, at some point, most or all of us hopefully rely on some evidence based data to make our personal decisions. All the WFPB docs point to such data in making recommendations on what is healthy to eat and what might need to be supplemented such as B12, or D, or DPA/EHA. What makes life harder for those of us trying to do the best health practices we can is how cautionary we feel we need to be. As I said, several docs suggest supplementing DPA/EHA might be valuable; some haven't gotten on that bandwagon. So we have to decide what to do when there is not consensus and the fact the insurance companies refuse to cover some valuable blood tests makes it even harder to decide what to do.

    I assume from your comments that both Ken and Chris have not done the blood tests checking DHA/EPA levels and you have decided not to supplement for this. I am not sure even if we supplement, whether we could really know whether it is having a beneficial effect. If our basic labs show we are healthy, and that is how we feel, we may not know, in terms of how we feel cognitively, how much our brain is shrinking as we age. All I know is I want to preserve what I have for the longest time possible. Best to both of you and for contributing to the discussion.

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  • Thanks for your commiseration Marky. There is no doubt that more and more people will be making the paradigm shift to plant-based nutrition. A recent story in Fox News (of all places) highlighted vegan restaurants in Texas having new customers trying out plant-based eating after watching the...

    Thanks for your commiseration Marky. There is no doubt that more and more people will be making the paradigm shift to plant-based nutrition. A recent story in Fox News (of all places) highlighted vegan restaurants in Texas having new customers trying out plant-based eating after watching the great new film, What the Health (on Netflix now).

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  • Yes Marky it is frustrating. What I find particularly problematic, though, is when cookbook authors who align themselves with the WFPB community create recipes with ingredients that our WFPB doctors advise are not healthy to consume. Unless I am missing something, I do not know of a WFPB doctor...

    Yes Marky it is frustrating. What I find particularly problematic, though, is when cookbook authors who align themselves with the WFPB community create recipes with ingredients that our WFPB doctors advise are not healthy to consume. Unless I am missing something, I do not know of a WFPB doctor on the lecture circuit that advises we eat coconut oil for health benefits. What I hear constantly is to give up and minimize these oils as much as possible for they are not health promoting. If a cookbook author in the WFPB world thinks otherwise, I wish he/she would then cite the science she believes in that advocates consuming coconut oil for health benefits and then explain why he/she is disagreeing with the seeming consensus of WFPB doctors that coconut oil should be avoided. I am willing to be wrong in my understanding of this issue. But so far, from everything I’ve read and heard from people who can interpret the science much better than me is to avoid oils, including coconut oil.

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      Denise, I totally share your frustration here. Any deviation from the true message is going to dilute the message and make it more difficult to get tDenise, I totally share your frustration here. Any deviation from the true message is going to dilute the message and make it more difficult to get the true message across to people. It's especially frustrating when it is coming from a source that you had assumed was on your side of the argument. Unfortunately, when there is little to no money to be made on our side of the argument, it is difficult to get a clear message across as we are fighting against big money. I am very thankful that I found out the truth and have benefited from it in so many ways. I will continue to be a good example of how beneficial a WFPB diet is and hopefully some people will see the results and maybe consider giving it a try.  More ...
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  • Today I leafed through a newly published plant-based book on making vegan cheese. The author, who is making the rounds now promoting her book, uses coconut oil a lot in many of her recipes. She states in her opening section about her ingredients that coconut oil is very health promoting with...

    Today I leafed through a newly published plant-based book on making vegan cheese. The author, who is making the rounds now promoting her book, uses coconut oil a lot in many of her recipes. She states in her opening section about her ingredients that coconut oil is very health promoting with many benefits. Yesterday in teaching a class in WFPB nutrition, one participant talked how she attended a coconut oil talk at Natural Grocers; same thing happened. They promoted coconut oil as very healthy. It appears that the message is not being heard from the WFPB doctors that coconut oil is not healthy.

    I find it very frustrating that a WFPB writer and chef who has a public reputation shares this message about coconut oil being healthy. As far as I know, besides you, Dr. Carney, Drs. Greger, Klaper, McDougall, Esselstyn, and Fuhrman all agree that we should not be eating any oils, including coconut oil. I understand Natural Grocers selling the item; for them it is profits. But to have a WFPB cookbook writer espouse that coconut oil is healthy is so problematic; my cynical side says well she needed to do that since she uses that oil in her recipes and she needed to rationalize its use. I hate to be that cynical. So Dr. Carney, can you offer any other explanation for what research this WFPB author might believe in to lead her to believe that coconut oil is truly healthy? I note your article was written 2 years ago. Do you think anything has changed in this debate since then?

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  • I hope you'll try them Sean and see for yourself.

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  •   Georgie made Denise these pancakes on her 65th birthday because she loves them so much. Out of several pancake recipes we tried, this is our absolute favorite. Oats make up the predominant ingredient and there are no oils in the recipe.  We adapted this recipe from one we found in Dr. Neal Barnard's bo...
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  • Thank you Sean. You did an awesome job figuring out how to display our Happy Vegan Couple cooking video. Georgie and I look forward to sharing more of our whole food, plant-based videos that show step by step directions to making delicious, healthy plant-based dishes on this great site. Most of...

    Thank you Sean. You did an awesome job figuring out how to display our Happy Vegan Couple cooking video. Georgie and I look forward to sharing more of our whole food, plant-based videos that show step by step directions to making delicious, healthy plant-based dishes on this great site. Most of the videos have a little education in them as well regarding the health promoting aspects of some of the ingredients featured.

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  •   We have a great plant-based version of mac n cheese to share with you. We have adapted this recipe from one in the terrific book, "The Cheese Trap" by Dr. Neal Barnard, Director of Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. This version is chock full of colorful veggies and the cheesy flavored sauce is amazi...
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