Saturday, July 7, 2012

From Vegan to Vegetarian

Vegetarianism as "Plan B" to a Supplemented Vegan Diet

Many studies, such as the China Study, have suggested that the world's healthiest diet is a whole foods vegan diet. Today, we also have healthy examples of long-term vegans such as Karen Calabrese, Jay Kordich, Lou Corona, Dr. John McDougall and Dr. Gabriel Cousens (link). However, on a vegan diet, some supplements are essential - especially B-12. Yet some people don't absorb B-12 supplements well and ultimately add milk and eggs back into their diet simply to survive. A lacto-ovo vegetarian diet is a predominately plant-based diet, yet includes grass fed dairy and/or free range eggs for B12, omega 3, protein, vitamin D, etc.

Note: I promote eggs and dairy only as a backup plan to a vegan diet. I believe that eggs and dairy are healthy only when they are free from factory farming and raised in a natural, humane way. Vegetarianism has a rich history throughout the world, especially in India, and can even be ethical in my opinion, especially when compared with the meat industry (Link). That being said, I think it's easier to find humane eggs than humane dairy, simply because unfertilized eggs will never hatch. If these eggs aren't eaten, they will simply absorb into the soil and provide fertilization for plants.

Gandhi tried a vegan diet, but ultimately started drinking goats milk again because severe deficiencies threatened his life (Link). 

Raw Goat Milk Heals 20 Year Vegan of Back Pain
John from interviews Jeremy Saffron on how he healed a ruptured disc in his back by drinking raw goat milk and consuming other raw dairy products. In this episode, John visits 20 year long-term raw foodist at his 30 acre farm to share with you why a 20 year strict raw foodist would turn to eating raw dairy products for their benefits.

Medical Doctor and long-term raw foodist Stanley Bass switched from a vegan diet to a vegetarian diet after experiencing deficiencies. 

"The solid proof of the great potential of this basic raw food vegetarian diet which has been proven successful with the mice, clearly indicates that humans now, for the first time, have a 100% raw food program which they may go on safely, free from all deficiencies. I know of no other raw food program in existence which is totally free from deficiencies at present...With the addition of raw egg yolk, and possibly raw milk cheese or Ricotta (or instead of cheese, a small amount of raw or steamed fish once or twice a week of about 3 1/2 to 4 oz. a serving), we should have an ultimate raw diet, or near one" (Link).

"Dr. Stanley S. Bass speaks on a Raw Vegetarian Diet."

This 5 year raw vegan experiences better health after adding dairy and eggs into his diet.

"I’m 46 now and I’ve been a vegetarian since I was 17. At that age, I not only became a vegetarian but also a raw foodist. I included raw dairy into my diet because I had met an elderly Essene teacher who recommended that. Historically, that used to be the Essene diet. The Essenes, for the most part, were not vegans. They were vegetarians and many of them were raw foodists, but they ate fermented dairy products such as yogurt and kefir. So that was my diet was for 7 years. During that time, I did great — no problems at all.

Then, when I had moved to another location, I became very attracted to the vegan philosophy, because it is a beautiful philosophy. I then became a raw vegan.

After 5 years on a raw vegan diet, I lost the ability to walk. All of my extremities — my hands, my fingers and my feet — were in such pain that I couldn’t move. I had central nervous system problems and I was B12 anemic. All of that happened after 5 years on a raw vegan diet.

So I switched back to eating the raw fermented dairy products. At that point, being as nerve-damaged as I was, I also included eggs. I healed myself by reintroducing those products." (Link)

In his words, Nazariah now says that the world's healthiest diet is... "A vegetarian diet that’s not a junk food vegetarian diet — but one based good, whole, organic foods.

The healthiest diet would have one meal a day that is a raw vegetable salad — a major vegetable salad, not a little iceberg lettuce, but with romaine lettuce, broccoli, etc. — a real heavy-duty salad.

Another meal would be cooked and feature things like steamed veggies, or a stir-fry, so it would have a lot of cooked vegetation in it.

A third meal simply would be fruit, like a fruit breakfast or a smoothie.

In there, somewhere, you’ve got to get your protein. So either with your salad, or with your cooked meal, you want to have yogurt or kefir, or hard-boiled eggs on your salad, or something.

Could that be beans?

It can some days, but if it were going to always be that, then that would be vegan, and the whole point of everything I’ve just told you is that it seems that the vegan diet isn’t beneficial in the long-term. If a person were going to be a vegan, they could be having some tofu, tempeh, or some sort of a bean-type protein with their steamed veggies. That diet would be a healthy vegan diet, as far as vegan diets go. But what I’m saying is that the latest research is that the vegan diet itself is deficient in the long-term" (Link).

15 Year Raw Vegan Recommends Dairy and Eggs:
At 7:25 in the following video, a former 15-year vegan explains the benefits of getting your B12 from food sources instead of lab sources. "If people want to become vegetarians I say, OK, but...always try to include some good egg yolk and good raw milk in your diet as your source of B12. And then I don't argue with them. You need a food source of B12." She then says that if you rely on a supplement for your B12, "you're putting your life in somebody's hands - in something from a laboratory. Why do you go to man to get your food?"


After serious B12 deficiency and desire to avoid long-term B12 shots, long-term raw vegan adds animal products back into diet:
In the below video, Natasha St. Michael details how a vegan diet left her severely B12 deficient. So she is now eating animal products such as fish and eggs on a daily basis, though she is still eating many raw fruits and vegetables. She stated in other videos that she only eats meat because she has no access to dairy.


In the "Blue Zones" study by National Geographic, Deborah Kotz from US News and World Report says that the Adventist church has one of the healthiest diets, and therefore one of the longest life expectencies. "It's pretty accepted now in the medical community - with all of the scientific research that's been looking at Adventists - that they live longer than their peers." On their website, the Adventist church recommends "A generous use of whole grains, vegetables and fruits; and a moderate use of low fat dairy products (or nutritional equivalent alternatives), legumes, and nuts; a very limited use of foods high in saturated fat, cholesterol, sugar, and salt; abstinence from tobacco, alcohol, and coffee, tea, and other caffeinated beverages."

In the 1990’s the Vegetarian Times published the results of a study that researched longevity and diet. Meat eaters, lacto-ovo vegetarians and vegan women were all included in the study. Within this specific study, it turned out that the lacto-ovo vegetarians lived the longest, the meat eaters lived the next longest, and vegans lived the least long (Link).

In one study from 1999 Meta-Analysis concluded that "Lacto-ovo vegetarians (23,265 people) had a 38% reduced rate of dying from lung cancer, a 34% reduced rate of dying from heart disease, and a 15% reduced rate of mortality (Link).

Many studies have confirmed that eating fresh (raw), unprocessed whole foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables can dramatically improve your health. And so a lacto-ovo vegetarian diet is rich in fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, raw nuts, raw seeds and legumes. Because a lacto-ovo vegetarian diet also includes grass fed dairy and free range eggs, it is also rich in vitamin B12, Omega 3 (DHA), vitamin D, vitamin K2, vitamin A, iron and protein. When done correctly, a lacto-ovo vegetarian diet does not harm or kill any animals.

Dr. Mercola recommends raw milk:

At 1:20:10 in the following video, Mark McAfee talks about how cow's milk can be either extremely healthy or extremely unhealthy:


  1. I'm sorry but I completely disagree that there is such a thing as humanely produced milk and dairy. Each time these things are produced death of the males of the chicks and calfs is always involved. Dairy from cows is a ridiculous food for humans and extremely acid forming and unhealthy. Why should animals always pay to keep humans healthy? I think we do need to address the issue of B12 deficiecy but without enslaving other species. There are many long term vegans that have never suffered a deficiency. There are also just as many meat and dairy eaters with deficiency in B12 also. It is a absorbtion issue and there are many absorbable B12 supplements on the market today.

    1. I mostly agree with you. I do think the supplemented vegan diet is optimal. However, I also think a vegetarian diet can definitely also be humane for those who don't have access to high quality B12 supplements. Also, some B12 supplements aren't absorbed well by some people. They must either resort to taking B12 shots or drinking milk. If they don't have access to B12 shots, then drinking free range, humanely raised milk, is a better option than eating meat. It's also a historically more humane option - as evidenced in countries with many vegetarians such as India.

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