91: The Dangers of Vegan and Vegetarian Diets

Dangers of Vegan and Vegetarian Diets

The expert “literature” on diet in this country is all over the place. This week, Dr. Jack and Mary attempt to simplify things by deflating several myths of a vegan or vegetarian diet. Turns out all of the back and forth over the years on recommendations related to cholesterol, fat and nutrition have created schizophrenia in our diets and the way we think about food! This is especially true of meat-free or animal by-product-free diets, but the problem is, there is real danger of being malnourished if you don’t eat meat.

While we respect the reasons why people are interested in pursuing vegetarian and vegan lifestyles, there are some critical things you must understand if you are going to risk the hit to your nourishment that these lifestyles entail.


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2 thoughts on “91: The Dangers of Vegan and Vegetarian Diets

  1. robert garrett says:

    had my colon removed four years ago have a j pouch. How do i firm up stools? i take meti mucil three times a day but lose control at night. Can i still build up my immune system and have good digestive health? If i dont take the medi Mucil I have liquid stools..

    • Theforbiddendoctor says:

      Hi Robert,

      The primary job of the colon is the dehydration of its contents before elimination from the body. It takes the liquid mass flowing through the intestines and turns it into a more firm mass for excretion. Unfortunately, that drying out process, in your body, was eliminated with the removal of your colon. Your use of MetaMucil has the effect of allowing the fluid mass to firm up and collect to a fiber based material so absorption of the flowing liquid can occur. It doesn’t dehydrate in the classical sense, but it does allow for a collection of most of the fluid so there is some control of elimination.

      We have had patients who have used a product called Cholacol II, from Standard Process, which contains Montmorilloronite clay, a very effective fluid absorber in the gut. We use it for handling diarrhea and for food poisoning were its ability to collect the surrounding fluids and toxic materials occurs efficiently without the use of drugs or any unnatural additives.

      You might try that and see how it compares to MetaMucil. Metamucil does contain aspartame and a food dye, Yellow #6, I believe. Both of these do not occur in nature, with aspartame actually being a neurotoxin, so hopefully you can find a reasonable replacement.

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