Study after study warns us that foods made from animals is NOT the healthiest diet. Yet, the food industry has succeeded in BRAINWASHING the globe with UNHEALTHY information about needing to eat lots and lots of protein, meaning, animal-sourced protein.

When you hear of someone going on a diet, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? “Do you get enough protein in your diet?”…meaning do you eat enough meats, fish, dairy, poultry?  Ads are run on TV almost constantly touting protein in milk, cheese, meats, fish. So much so, that the common person thinks, if some protein is good, more must be better. Well, maybe more is not better.

Ever wonder what’s on the other side of that propaganda? What the real story is regarding too much animal-sourced protein?

In a nutshell, most people make themselves sicker, not healthier, by eating too much protein over their lifetime. According to experts like Drs. Esselstyn, Thurman, McDougall, Barnard and thousands associated to Physicians for Responsible Medicine, we ought to have a healthy respect for, and eat very little of, animal-sourced products.

On the subject of animal-sourced proteins, a recent article appeared in an international magazine that described a “recent” study linking proteins to a form of arthritis called GOUT. In that article the author referenced “acidic” and “alkaline” blood levels.

Not intending to be critical of the author, I just want to point out that this is, in actuality, years-old information.  That’s OK though, since the data is very helpful to the readers of that magazine. It’s always the data that counts most.

As for the notion of “acid” or “alkaline” blood levels, mentioned in that article, since this may be confusing to some, I will explain it below.

When we talk of “acidic” blood levels, we are talking of a reaction that is THEORIZED to occur in the blood stream, whereby some foods are theorized to raise the acidic level of the blood. But, the body is smart. It has a way to neutralize any rise in blood acid levels by, theoretically, extracting calcium from one’s bones to bring blood acid levels back down to its normal range.

But whether it is theory or fact, there is indeed something going on in the body when the body is exposed to too much animal-sourced proteins.

Many years ago, when diets changed to one that heavily accentuates animal-sourced proteins, doctors noticed a form of arthritis called gout. The coincidence was such a strong association that doctors in the 1800s termed that chronic illness of gout the “disease of the wealthy class” since only wealthy people could afford a diet consisting of so much meat. 

More recently there emerged a theory of blood acid levels. In particular that meats, (animal-sourced products including the protein in milk), causes the acid levels of blood to rise, but that plant-based products do not cause acid levels of the blood to rise. Thus, the term, “acidic foods” is used to describe animal-source food and beverages; “Alkaline”, for plant-based foods.

ANTHONY ROBBINS, the motivational guru, is one of the people who knows about the dangers of too much animal sourced protein. In his lectures he explains to audiences about some of the negative effects of having blood levels that are too “Acidic”.  He speaks of one of his students/participants who had bones so fragile that the doctors warned Robbins to avoid one of the participant exercises. Robbins convinced the young gentleman to convert to an “ALKALINE” diet.

So when ROBBINS was recommending a diet of “Alkaline foods…” he was suggesting vegetables, beans, healthy starches, fruits, nuts and seeds. The good-ole standard diet of past nations that had the healthiest populations.

In addition to the coincidence of gout upon eating diets rich in animal-sourced products, there is also a coincidence of osteoporosis in today’s society compared to societies that are too poor to eat plenty of animal-sourced products.

An “acid” diet is a way to describe a diet largely of animal-source food; “alkaline” diet, mostly a VEGAN diet.

[As with any information, it is for information purposes only and is not a recommendation. Be sure to check with your doctor before making any changes to diets or lifestyles!]


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