WHY – Organic? – Paleo? – Dairy Free? – Gluten Free? Vegan ? How much Protein?

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Here are some of the main uncertainties we hear about.

Vegan vs paleo? Questions about is meat safe, or toxic for you.
Dr Mark Hyman (past President of Institute for Functional Medicine) was a vegan
and elaborates on this topic.
– How flexible are you in your reasoning?
– Is your decision to eat or not eat meat based on current science or old school beliefs?
– Do you really understand the difference between
     Grass Fed organic beef and factory farmed?
– Are you REALLY aware that 90% of all disease is based on chronic inflammation.
Yes vegan and vegetarians ALSO die of chronic inflammation and their lives are hampered
as they get older because of chronic inflammation
– Any vegan and vegetarian who is watching their carb intake
Follow this closer as it evolves (with an open mind).
When I heard about paleo 5-6 years ago, I studied the movement for 2 years before starting to eat meat again.

It was Dr Hyman that actually was my tipping point.
He’s one of the top alternative docs in the world and with his position at IFM
he is certainly at the heart of all research pro and con on this and many topics

Addendum: 5-5-21
Mark Hyman MD one of my mentors has evolved again. His latest book – The Pegan Diet is wrapped around eating more of a plant based diet and less grass fed meat / wild salmon etc.  It’s a confusing world what to eat and many of us are following science based principles which continue to morph and evolve.

A Fresh Look at High-Protein by Mark Sisson (5-5-21)

Is Meat safe to eat or even healthy??
Eat Meat, Just Source It Sustainably by Chris Kresser, M.S

Sugar, Gluten, Paleo, Vegan: 3 Doctors Debate The Best Way To Eat
Dr. Mark Hyman
 (paleo vegan), Dr. Frank Lipman (paleo), and Dr. Joel Kahn (vegan cardiologist)
Profound discussion on all these topics by 3 well respected top holistic doctors

Is Meat Good or Bad for You? by Mark Hyman MD
Rise of grass-fed meat forces industry to shift – Conventional production is under pressure from consumers.




From Crop to Table: Pesticide Use in Produce:Consumer Reports 

Is Organic Food a Waste of Your Hard Earned Money? – Dr. Geo

Pesticides from Food Negatively Impacts Male Fertility – April 3, 2015
Gluten – Why?

Gluten: What You Don’t Know Might Kill You by Dr. Mark Hyman

Why Wheat is Toxic by Cherie Calbom


Dairy Free – Why?

Are You Still Consuming Dairy? by Dr. Mark Hyman MD

Paleo – Why?
Adding this key article on top of paleo section:
How and Why Too Much Protein Triggers Aging and Cancer 
By Dr. Joe Mercola – May 07, 2016

A Closer Look at Grass-Fed Beef – Dave Asprey
Do you eat Organic grass fed beef? Here are the differences. The 2nd choice Dave Asprey discusses is organic grass fed but (note finished) so fed 2-3 months of grain and besides mold is usually GMOs. Yes – the USDA allows GMOs to be fed last 90 days and called Organic. (Look for 100% grass fed or grass finished & Know your farmer). If you make the paleo transition its critical to know what you’re eating.

Dave Asprey – Bullettproof Infographic 

Paleo vs. Vegan Diet — the Pros & Cons – by Dr. Josh Axe

Why I DON’T Eat a Paleo Diet…But Close – by Dr. Josh Axe

Why I am a Pegan – or Paleo-Vegan – and Why You Should Be Too!

Dr. Hyman writes – “All meat is not created equally. Is it feed lot beef that has more palmitic and myristic acid7 that raises cholesterol and increases inflammation, or is it grass fed beef that has more cholesterol neutral stearic acid and contains protective omega 3 fats and vitamins A and D that raises glutathione and other antioxidants?   Some studies8 show meat increases heart disease and death rates, but others show the opposite9. In truth it depends on the quality of the study, but the evidence in my mind is trending toward meat not being linked to death or heart attacks for the reasons I explained earlier – there may have been other reasons excluded from the analysis in the meat eaters – such as they were higher sugar consumers, they were more sedentary and they were more likely to smoke and drink.  Eating sustainably raised, clean meat, poultry and lamb and other esoteric meats such as ostrich, bison or venison as part a healthy diet is not likely harmful and is very helpful in reducing triglycerides, raising HDL (or good cholesterol), lowering blood sugar, reducing belly fat, reducing appetite, raising testosterone and increasing muscle mass.  On the other hand, eating a lot of meat puts pressure on the planet – more water use, more climate change, and more energy inputs. Eat meat as a side dish or condiment, and only consume grass fed and sustainably-raised.”

Mark Hyman MD interviewed Fred Provenza
grass fed beef advantages and decreasing climate change 

When it comes to the topic of meat, many people automatically think it’s unhealthy. The big “BUT” here is that it comes down to what our meat eats. Fred and I discuss how mono diets, or eating one type of food, isn’t a way to produce healthy meat (this is what conventional animal operations follow – i.e. corn). Animals that are free to forage over diverse land, though, get an abundance of nutrients that they pass on to us. Unfortunately, most studies on meat aren’t looking at animals who had this type of diet. 

Fred shares some fascinating facts on what studies show about proper grazing techniques, meat quality, and even environmental impact. I often hear the argument against cows due to methane from their gas contributing to climate change. When it comes to pasture-raised animals, Fred shares that phytochemicals in their diet not only offset the impact of their gas on climate but it also benefits the soil through the quality of their waste. It’s an amazing positive feedback loop where plants, animals, humans, and the environment all win. 

Vegan – 
If one has ethical concerns for eating meat, then I support you fully and know that you donate wear leather clothes shoes etc.

If you are vegan or interested in becoming vegan then I encourage your to read this monograph by Chris Kresser – discussing the documentary The Game Changers
on the Joe Rogan show. Chris is a licensed acupuncturist and Functional Medicine practitioner. Co-director of the California Center for Functional Medicine, creator of ChrisKresser.com, and New York Times best-selling author, Chris is a prolific communicator; his newest book is Unconventional Medicine.