Maybe You’re Not Getting Enough Protein (Plus, Meat Eating Monks!) : Great Health Debate Night 5 Snack Bites

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Annmarie, Philippa and the Q’ero girls outside of Cuzco, Peru.

Last night’s call featured two of my most favorite practitioners…

For those of you who listened, you had an opportunity to hear two to the best in their respective fields come together on the same call to talk about their vast experience with diet and healing.

Dr. Williams has over 30 years of natural health experience and 40 years of experience working with indigenous people.

Dr. Goldhamer has almost 25 years experience supervising water fasts for healing.

It was a special call that I’m going to break down for you now…

1. True evidence of the polarity of diet.

If you really want to know about something, you have to experience it for yourself.

Dr. J. E. Williams decided in 1965 that in order to understand what indigenous people eat and how they live, he needed to live with them.

Over the last 40 years, he’s spent time with numerous tribes in the Americas and has witnessed more than science can prove.

What’s most evident to him is the polarity of diet among the people he’s lived with – their diets are not the same, yet they have (or in some cases – had) great health.

On last night’s call, Dr. Williams talked about his time with the Siberian Eskimos from the Bering Strait and Q’ero Indians of the Andes Mountains in Peru.

Not surprisingly, these people have completely different diets.

In fact, almost completely opposite.

The Eskimos ate (I emphasize the past tense here) walrus, seal and whale. 90-95% of their diet was from animals.

The Q’ero eat potatoes – and I mean a lot of potatoes. 90-95% of their diet is plant based.

They both are (in the case of the Eskimos – were) incredibly robust, strong and healthy people despite their dietary differences.

Obviously, the diet isn’t the only variable to good health – which I’ve been harping on the last couple of days.

But maybe there are more commonalities in diet than we think, if we consider the inverse…

No salt, no sugar, no soy nuggets, no kale chips, no processed Cheeze-Its or anything else in a box.

Other commonalities outside of diet are many. They are connected to their land, work hard, get plenty of sleep, have low stress, worship the earth and are always on the move.

I feel, in order to live long, we have to embrace all of this – not just a diet dogma.

2. Vegetarians and vegans get plenty of amino acids, but…

I know, the “where do you get your protein” question never goes away.

Dr. Williams mentioned he spent time studying the protein intake of vegetarians and vegans and found that they would sometimes get as much as 3 times the amount of amino acids needed.

Looking at these findings, you would assume that you can get enough protein on a vegetarian or vegan diet.

But, what he also found was that many people studied were unable to assimilate the protein effectively, so no matter how much they took in, the plant protein was not sufficient.

Basically this means – just because you’re eating protein doesn’t mean you can use it.

This doesn’t mean you need to eat meat, it just means you have to look at your digestion as well as protein sources to see if you’re doing the right thing for your long term health.

I, personally, would like to know from Dr. Williams if the creation of new plant protein technology like fermented brown rice protein products would be able to provide enough amino acids to take care of this issue.

It would be interesting to conduct a study to see if nutrition technology, like fermented brown rice protein solves this issue.

Dr. Williams also mentioned vegans and some vegetarians tend to be low in B12, vitamin D, calcium and iron.

3. Low cholesterol is dangerous too.

This is personal for me.

I got my blood tested a few years ago and my cholesterol was 110.

I had read the China Study and saw that many of the Chinese in rural areas has cholesterol around 90-110 so I assumed this was a good number. This was also affirmed by a few raw and vegan health counselors I know.

When I went to Dr. Williams with my blood work, he freaked out. (Which with his calm demeanor is hardly jarring… LOL!)

Anyway, he explained that many of the challenges I was dealing with was directly related with my body being unable to produce steroid hormones – due to cholesterol levels that were too low.

My cholesterol levels are now up again and I feel completely different.

There are two lessons here…

First, get your blood checked if you’re experimenting with any diet.

Two, make sure you get a second and third opinion about anything health related.

4. Meat eating monks?

I love the story Dr. Williams tells about his time with the Buddhist monks – who are known to be “vegetarian.”

Obviously, it’s best to hear him tell it, but I’m going to recount it here.

He was a vegan in China studying at a Buddhist temple.

Each morning the monks would go out and beg for food, then come back and pray. Every day at 11:00 they would eat one meal that would be made with the food they had brought back from the morning.

On this day at 11:00, as the monks assembled for lunch, Dr. Williams was among them.

The plates came out and on them was fish.

Dr. Williams, as a vegan, figured he wasn’t going to eat that day.

His teacher saw this and came over to ask if he was going to eat.

Dr. Williams told him he thought the monks didn’t eat meat or fish and the teacher smiled.

He said, “every morning we go out and beg for food. Today, Buddha has brought us fish and we are thankful.”

5. 100% raw food only diet is tough to get right.

It’s not impossible to do the 100% raw diet, but it’s not easy either.

Dr. Goldhamer has seen his fair share of raw foodists that struggle with their diet.

They either are on a high sugar diet or a high fat diet, from what he sees, and neither tend to work so well.

I think the most important thing he said about the raw food diet is that it’s relatively easy to do and feel good for a few years.

But after 2-3 years, is when most start to show deficiency in some way or another.

I can’t tell you how true this is.

In fact, traveling around the U.S. over the last few years has given me insight that most people do not have.

We’ve met many people who are 1-4 years into raw foods are adamant that this diet is the best for everyone on the planet.

We’ve also met many who started to not feel as good as they did after the first 1-4 years and began to change their diet back to something that resembled a more balanced approach.

On top of that, we’ve met many raw experts who don’t share all their dietary choices publicly, further confusing the issue.

I’m not saying the raw food diet can’t be done. I’m saying you have to be diligent.

Dr. Goldhamer is saying the same thing.

He also said, those who stick with a poorly or even “OK” raw food over time also tend to show signs of emotional volatility and immune suppression.

6. What? No olive oil?

Dr. Goldhamer is adamant about adding and additional oil to the diet.

His stance is that oils are a concentrated fat and relatively low nutrient dense calorie source that are unnecessary for our general health.

This is a traditional natural hygiene approach and does make sense.

On the other side, Dr. Gabriel Cousens says oils can be beneficial for overall health and longevity – including flax and coconut oil (for raising low cholesterol.)

This is not the first time I’ve heard this back and forth and am undecided on what the real truth is.

For a “what’s more natural” approach I tend to lean toward Dr. Goldhammer’s view, but from a “clinical” application side, Dr. Cousens has some valid points.

These days, Annmarie and I do take oil as a supplement in the form of sacha inchi and occasionally krill. I don’t know if this is right or wrong necessarily, but I feel like we’re again being careful to take a small enough amount not to over do it and enough for it to be therapeutic.

7. Water fasting is powerful.

The best way to explain the power of this type of healing protocol is to let someone who’s been healed tell you about it.

While we were at Dr. Goldhamer’s True North Health Center last year, we had an opportunity to meet Christina who was there for a 41 day water fast.

Christina’s story is remarkable and compelling and I want you to watch it to see how amazing the work that Dr. Goldhamer does changes people’s lives.

Click here to see Part 1

Click here to see Part 2

Hearing that story gives me the chills.

People truly can heal naturally.

Classic Quote of the Night:

“The way you know your salad is big enough is if when you bring the bowl to the table people react with shock and awe.”

Dr. Alan Goldhamer

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Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

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