Monday, August 19, 2013

The truth is better than a lie in the long haul of helping animals

I believe that it's a sorry idea to help animals using these tactics:

  • showing horrendous films of slaughter
  • scaring the people with the fear of heart disease
  • promising people with glorious health

Why? Because it's the fear and carrot dangling tactics employed by religion. Religion sucks. (Buddhism is not a religion!)

And the last two points are lies (see links at the bottom).

Most people, or anyone I'd like to know, reject fear tactics at some point in their life.

Plus, when some individuals experience health issues from some version of a vegan diet such as hair loss, tooth decay, and depression (which I feel is the worst of all), they are likely to never come back to a vegan diet or anything close.

Depression affects so many things, so being depressed can be excruciating all by itself, even if you don't get cavities, hair loss, or other health issues.

I believe that if you want a lot of people to reduce animal product consumption, appeal to the hearts of humans with the truth in a matter of fact way or pleasant way:
  • Show cute pictures of pigs, cows, chickens (especially chickens) with messages like:
    Image of Chicks, Piglets, and Kittens (cute explosion)
    I love animals so I am exploring more meat free options these days.
            — Some person
  • Explain that there is no one-size-fits all diet for anyone, we are all different inside.
  • Encourage experimenting with your current diet to reduce meat, dairy, eggs as much as you can without affecting your health and adding more dark leafy greens.
  • Talk about how being purest & holier-than-thou is not good for animals or gaining friends.
  • Use coconut fat (1-2 tbs a day).
  • Remove sugar and fake sugar*.
  • Don't use the word vegan or vegetarian, use the term "animal friendly lifestyle".
Removing sugar actually will reduce heart disease risk.

Learn about sugar and the great cholesterol con.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Vegan Tooth Decay, Cavities on a low fat vegan diet.

Haven't had a cavity since I was 12 ( and I suspect that was not a cavity... and I am now 40). However, since being totally clean gluten-free, very low fat vegan for the past 18 months, just had my dental check up and had SIX cavities!!!!!!!!!! What the heck?!!!!!!! I find this all very interesting. I guess I need to add olive oil back? What about oil pulling?

  1. If you want to stop the tooth decay, seriously take K2 and D3 (d3 is not vegan usually). These will improve your teeth significantly along with saturated fat which I would take at the same time. DEFINITELY eat saturated fat in the form of coconut fat. 1 tablespoon a day I what I aim for.

    Also increasing phosphorous while you do the above.

    Teeth are not as strong as bones, imagine what a low fat vegan diet does to bones! I eat a vegan diet with saturated fat, no sugar. Brush with baking soda. Make sure you don't drink just fruit juice, you eat the actual fruit with the fiber.

    High fat way to end decay

    Aug 21 2003

    For years we've been told fat is bad for us, but now scientists say it could save you a trip to the dentist by helping fight tooth decay.

    By Anastasia Stephens

    link to article (

    THE Atkins diet claims you can eat all the fat you want and still lose weight, and now scientists claim grease could prevent tooth decay.

    According to a paper published in the dental journal Caries Research, fat and oils can actually strengthen teeth by protecting against demineralisation.

    In the study, some teeth were dipped in olive oil or plain water before being placed in the sort of acid conditions that cause tooth decay.

    The teeth coated in oil were significantly protected from demineralisation and cavity formation.

    Dr Wolfgang Buchalla of Georg-August University in Gottingen, Germany, who conducted the research, says: "We found that fats significantly reduce tooth demineralisation, while studies on animals have found that incorporating five per cent of oil in a caries-forming diet can reduce tooth decay."

    Caries-forming diets are typically weight-loss regimes which are high in carbohydrates but low in fat.

    Bacteria in the mouth quickly turn foods such as bread, crisps, potatoes or sugar to acid, which can remain in the mouth for hours, dissolving minerals from teeth. Animal fats such as those in butter and cheese, and plant oils such as olive oil are thought to work by neutralising acid as well as placing a protective film over the teeth, to prevent erosion.

    The findings mean that eating oily fish and nuts, cheese or salad dressed in oils throughout the day could protect against the tooth-weakening effect of carbohydrates and sweets.

    "Foods rich in starch and sugar but low in fat are especially dangerous," says Dr Maria Rodriguez, Professor of Dentistry at the University of Madrid, who is researching the effects of oils on teeth. Eating low-fat crisps and rice crackers as snacks is as bad as eating sugary foods or chocolate regularly, as they make the saliva dramatically more acid for long periods of time.

    However, if you balance carbs with fat or protein - for example by eating an egg on toast or chicken with potatoes - you will not be damaging teeth because the fat exerts a protective effect. If you eat a sugary dessert, you can prevent any damage it might do to teeth by finishing off with some cheese.

    Ultimately, the best diet for teeth is one that's low in carbs and sugar and high in fat and protein. While that sounds unhealthy, it isn't. The fat and protein should come from olive oil, fish, cheese and nuts. And by adding 'neutral' foods such as vegetables, you have a very healthy diet for your body and your teeth.

    So far, research has focused on olive oil after it was noticed residents of Spanish towns which make olive oil have abnormally low levels of tooth decay and gum disease.

    "Studies subsequently revealed that olive oil works internally and externally to protect teeth," explains Dr Rodriguez.

    "Apart from lowering acidity, olive oil attaches to bacteria and washes them away. Then, when you swallow olive oil, its high levels of oleic acid and vitamin A promote bone and tooth mineralisation, strengthening your teeth and jaw," she says.

    Olive oil is proving so effective at keeping teeth strong, it has been incorporated into a brand of toothpaste, Airlift, which is sold in Boots.

    And Dr Rodriguez believes other toothpaste makers will soon follow suit. She says: "Because of the benefits, it wouldn't surprise me if in five or 10 years most major toothpaste brands include some sort of fat or oil."

    The British Dental Association welcomes the findings. "Research into the effect of fats on teeth is just beginning and it seems promising," says a spokesman. "However, fluoride is still the best way of keeping teeth strong."

    Be kind to your teeth

    According to the food experts there are acid-forming types which weaken teeth, neutrals foods and those that actively fight tooth decay. So which foods should you eat and which should you avoid?

    Top acid-formers

    Grapes, sweet nuts such as cashews and almonds, crackers, milk chocolate, crisps, white bread.


    Cauliflower, cucumber, carrots, meat, fish, ham, walnuts and Brazil nuts, unsweetened popcorn.

    Top tooth-friendlies

    Olive oil and other vegetable oils, butter, cheese.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

DHA Oil from Algae

Do it!

Even when I ate pork chops for dinner, I never ate sea animals. I think shrimp is just nasty, lobster is a relative of a cockroach, and I am just plain grossed out by juices of the fish, or oil of the fish, so I really am happy that this DHA oil from Algae is available. I stocked up and keep it in the fridge.

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