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  about 7 months ago
I got this from a local food manufacture regarding B12: the number one most prominent source of B12 is bacteria that grows in the soil - where the plants grow. Upon harvest, the plants are covered with the bacteria. The issue is that FDA (government) regulations require bacterial and insect sterilization (or near sterilization to some established level) before public distribution. This sterilization removes and/or kills the B12 bacteria. Herbicides also kill bacteria. Vegans are at greater risk of B12 deficiency than meat eaters because the grains and grasses that are fed to cattle are not sterilized so the animals get plenty of it - nearly enough to pass on to those who eat them. (notice I said "nearly"). Over the past thirty years of being vegan, I have never been B12 deficient. I attribute that to concentrating on organic produce and nothing more than a water rinse before eating (I'm not too concerned about a little dirt). Although organic produce still requires FDA "sterilization", at least it doesn't have insecticide, bactericide and herbicide chemicals, so a bit more B12 bacteria survives. Although I haven't been deficient, I did start taking B12 supplements a few years ago just for the sake of insurance.
  about 7 months ago
MIKE posted: [quote]what about raw, organic, non-homogenized milk from grass fed only, cows? i have read about people who tried vegan diets & started losing their teeth, etc. 1 person who's book i read, concluded that there was some unknown factor in milk that was necessary in order to maintain a healthy skeleton.[/quote] I think there are too many variables involved to make a judgement from "reading" about people who "tried" vegan diets & started losing their teeth, etc. I have been vegan for the past 30 years and my dental health improved since the change and still no issues in my late 60's. I know may elderly vegans with no dental losses or issues - but I know lots of people who consume milk, etc. who suffer extensive dental issues. Also, the need for milk in order to maintain a healthy skeleton is counter to biology; milk is not a natural food for any mammal past infancy. Then there are people, like [url=""]Ruth Heidrich[/url] whose osteoporosis went away after becoming vegan. And for what it's worth, my wife and I are the only members of our extended families (in our age group) that does not suffer some sort of skeletal issue. We are the only vegans in our families.
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  about 11 months ago
Hi Denise, I would like to add that out of all the many vegans that I know, very few are dedicated to healthy eating. A large population of vegans are vegan for animal rights concerns and not for health. Most vegans that are vegan for health, seem to think that "a little bit (of something unhealthy) won't matter". My question is: what is "a little bit"? I see health oriented vegans often eating oil, high fats, heavily processed foods and even foods that are not entirely vegan. Many health oriented vegans still eat (what I believe to be unhealthy) foods they believe are healthy because they are advertised to be healthy; following advertising firm created terms like, "heart healthy". I would like to think that when connected to religion, the dedication would be a matter of belief. I have found that belief is a very powerful driving force, far more powerful than knowledge or designated supposed to's. I have also learned to be careful about "studies". In my career field of electronics design, studies are a routine basic element of design development. However, these studies are performed by people and people are inherently biased. It's not a choice. With that, In design engineering; testing is a required element of the study to learn what is real. In that testing, however, all variables must be accounted for and as many removed as possible, because all variables influence the result. This makes me untrusting of any study with data derived from a survey(s). Just my two cents, Ken
  about 1 year ago
Hi Kate, Welcome to the group! I would like to point out that, as a Type-1 Diabetic, I do not follow or advocate a "low Carb" diet. I do not count carbs and do not avoid sugar. What I have found is that carbs and sugars are simply whistle-blowers on insulin resistance that is induced by fats and animal products. Fats appear benign because, as a storage medium, the effect rate is very slow - outside of our attention span (that's why I keep a log). The effect of fats and animal products is an upward blood-sugar bias. It also slows insulin response which causes blood-sugar spikes with carbs and sugar intake. I notice the Quick Home Remedy website advocates avocado to "stabilize blood-sugars." I have found the exact opposite. I have found that avocado induces insulin resistance just as all other fats do. Keeping my calories from fat (any individual ingredient) below 10% and absolutely no animal sourced foods allows me to maintain my blood-sugar to non-diabetic levels; 70mg/dl to 100mg/dl and an A1C that over the years are always between 4.7 to 5.1. I am currently in the process of writing a book on my control method that is titled, "Synchronous Push-Pull Type-1 Diabetes Control - The Non-Diabetic Diabetic method". I'm writing it in my spare time making progress slower than desired, but progress is at hand, none the less. Ken
  about 1 year ago
Denise, There is also a Type-1 Diabetes Support Forum right here on this site: This may be a good place to post questions. Also, regarding all my blogs; please forgive my writing skills. My earliest blogs are my first effort in writing and are pretty bad. I like to think it is getting better! In any event, Marky is right; my method is not traditional and I have found it difficult to fully translate in a Q&A fashion. That being the case, I have decided to write it all in a book. At this rate, however, trying to fit writing time in my daily work schedule, it is going to take a while. So, for now Q&A is the best I can offer. FYI, the book will be titled, "Synchronous Push-Pull Type-1 Diabetes Control" and the control method is to maintain non-diabetic normal blood-sugar range of 70 to 100 mg/dl before, during, after and between meals - always; no spikes or dips. Comparatively, it is a "busy" method, and a Whole Food Plant Based Fat Free diet is mandatory for it to work successfully. Ken
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