Posts tagged: health
i went to the doctor this morning for my annual physical. the only reason i even bother is because i take a prescription to sleep (trazodone) and she has to see me in order to renew it annually; without it my insomnia makes my life literally unmanageable (i.e. can’t work/function physically), so i don’t really have a choice. i hate it, and i plan on working hard to get off it later this year, but for now it is what it is. physiological bullshit - or, i think too much. my brain, for lack of a better phrase, has a mind of its own.
my doctor is a very nice lady but i hate going for a million reasons. here are two from today:
- i near-black-out when i get blood drawn; what do they give me to revive me? a banana? some other nice, raw fruit with healthy sugars? no… no, they give me a disgusting, sugary, neon orange prescription drink. i drank enough to regain my vision and ran out to my car to have the homemade smoothie that my fiance makes us every morning.
- she’s going to test my blood for vitamin D deficiency since no one has been getting much sun lately. if i’m deficient, she said she can write me a prescription. i won’t accept it, of course, but it’s still horrifying that drugs are the first thing they offer. not more sun… not even nutrition (and yes, there are vegan foods that contain vitamin E - certain mushrooms for one). it’s always prescription. that’s all they’re programmed to do.
doctors are terrifying. use them sparingly, for emergencies or tests like making sure you don’t have cancer or STDs. please remember key things like the fact that for the most part they are not trained in nutritional health, and that the medical industry is not interested in healthy people. they are not interested in cures. there is little money in cures. ”treatments” are where the cash is at. they are certainly not interested in people being able to cure themselves, because there is NO money in that.
i’m not saying all individual doctors are part of the big conspiracy. but they are trained, influenced, and manipulated by people who are, and that’s where the danger is.
bottom line, prescriptions should always be your last resort.
Researchers examined the evidence between acne and diet and found that certain products, particularly cow’s milk, produce and stimulate hormones linked with acne. The association does not seem to be related to the fat content of milk, as low-fat milk had an even greater association with acne, compared with high-fat milk
this is always such a touchy subject, it seems. so many people WANT to be a victim of disease; they don’t want to believe it’s something that’s in their control, because that assigns an overwhelming personal responsibility to them. undoing that much damage takes an incredible amount of work, research, patience, and discipline. most people either don’t care enough, or don’t think they can do it.
i can’t help the ones who don’t care, but if you think you can’t do it - i assure you, you can.
to me, the protein question is so ridiculous. it’s like someone offering me a spoonful of poison and saying, “BUT, this contains all your daily protein! OR… you can eat some extra beans and nuts. but this is must simpler and tastier!” …what would any sane person choose?! any protein benefits you may get from meat are so far outweighed by the negative effects of meat - not just on your body but on your soul.
this really isn’t my motivator (because, for one, organic exists), but still a very valid point.
i watched this incredible documentary recently and strongly recommend it to anyone interested in health, or if you need a tool for trying to convince others to change their lifestyles. they don’t ever use the word “vegan” (presumably to avoid scaring people off, since primitive morons have such an issue with the concept of veganism, like we’re some god damned cult), but they use documented medical research to prove that a plant-based diet is the only way to prevent, cure, and reverse most diseases; and that a meat- and processed food-based diet is the cause of these same diseases.
it’s free to watch on amazon prime.
on a mostly unrelated note, if anyone else hates soy-based products as much as i do (i advocate coconut milk over any other), try the salted caramel mocha at starbucks with soy milk. because there is already a saltiness in the flavors, the soy is more bearable. i actually enjoyed it, and it had been so depressing to drive by a starbucks ever since i became vegan. i didn’t go often, but it was still a nice treat sometimes. (the whole foods coffee bar does offer almond milk though, as does java monkey in decatur, if you’re in the atlanta area.)
my favorite part (i.e. the one that makes me want to yell “TOLD YOU SO” at everyone):
This makes sense when you consider the research done by Drs. Dean Ornish and Nobel Prize winner Elizabeth Blackburn; they found that a vegan diet caused more than 500 genes to change in only three months, turning on genes that prevent disease and turning off genes that cause breast cancer, heart disease, prostate cancer, and other illnesses. This is empowering news, given that most people think they are a victim of their genes, helpless to stave off some of the most dreaded diseases. We aren’t helpless at all; in fact, the power is largely in our hands.
or, “it’s a plant, so it’s healthy/safe!” you know what else is a plant? poison ivy.
i just… yes. okay. it’s no worse than alcohol so by logic it should be legalized. use it occasionally if you want, no big deal. but don’t try to convince me it’s good for you.
today i found out that an old friend of mine who has been battling cancer for the past couple years has been given a few weeks to live.
we weren’t very close; we were internet friends as teenagers but have been facebook friends for years. we rarely talk and don’t have much in common now, but he’s one of the few friends i had as a teenager. since his illness, he’s been keeping everyone updated via facebook and his website, all about his traditional chemo and radiation treatments, and i debated for awhile whether to send him a message about alternative treatments. i finally did because i felt it was my moral duty to do so, and i sent him a message expressing my support and sympathy, and tried to casually (i.e. without sounding preachy) recommend that he look up the gerson institute if he was interested in alternative treatments. that was a couple months ago, right after his cancer (which had been in remission) returned.
he never responded.
now, hearing this news, what devastates me is that he clearly never even considered another option besides submitting to the corrupt, toxic corporation that is the medical industry. this is the world we live in. these are the people who populate it. people who let themselves be controlled by giant conglomerations who care nothing for your true health, but only about making money. it sickens me that i live in this society, full of lies and people with money controlling everything, killing us, robbing us - that the medical industry tries to discredit organizations like the gerson institute, when ones like the gersons are doing the real healing, without carcinogenic, uncuring “treatments” like the ACS.
i have mentioned the documentary the beautiful truth so many times but i can’t emphasize it enough. if you or someone you know is battling cancer or is at risk or is even dealing with any type of disease, please, for your own sake, watch it. just ask yourself, what do you have to lose?
except your life, of course.
Vegan Protein Sources
There are so many of these charts out there, it’s amazing people still don’t think vegans can get enough protein!