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  1. http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51ebNJ298uL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

     

    Brenda Davis (RD), a registered dietician with impressive credentials has updated her book "Becoming Vegan" and made an express edition that is now out

     

    A larger, fully referenced Comprehensive Edition will be out in the new year (likely February or March).

     

    Davis is a thorough researcher and sticks to solid science. You can trust what she writes.

  2. I've read lots of books that have influenced me. Two of them being Dale Carnegie "How To Win Friends and Influence People" and "How To Stop Worrying and Start Living" both read when I was 13 (I know, I was a weird kid).

     

    I just finished the second via an audio book (very well done, it fits the format of the book well )during my commute and have started the first. I think everyone should read both with parents giving their kids a copy when they leave home.

  3. Ok, so few month ago brown lines appeared on two of my bottom front teeth. Yesterday I discovered on of them has a big brown spot on the inside of it :S I'm really worried it's a cavity. I will go to a dentist the soonest I ca.

     

    Good.

     

    About suffer I started my teeth feel sensitive, I started using fluorated toothpaste again and it seems the sensitivity gone away.

     

    Good.

     

    I *think* fluoride is the only ingredient in toothpaste clinically proven to prevent cavities. It is horrible that some alternative toothpaste companies are taking it out due to pressure from customers into alternative health beliefs that make them fear fluoride. Googling around there are many fear mongering sites and if you look where there information comes from it only points to other blogs, people without medical/dental expertise and a few lone quacky doctors without an active involvement in research. Amid all of that I found some sites from good authorities like the Mayo clinic explaining fluoride use. It sounds quite safe and useful.

     

     

     

    I've red a lot of thing trying to gather information on helathy teeth. I was a raw vegan (80/10/10) for two years, 2 years now on cooked food (because I couldn'T afford that much fruit). It's getting really annoying that you read all this stuff....too mucgh fruit or carbohydrate rots your teeth....than somewhere else a low fat whole foods planet based diet is the best for us. Somewhere that whole grains are good, elsewhere they are deadly to you. Are phytic acids really that bad in grains and legumes? Somewehre you can read that you need to eat cod liver oil for vitamin A and stuff. I'M REALLY STARTING TO FREAK OUT HERE. Sometimes I feel it would be the best not to know all about this "shit"

     

    No disrespect. You are learning a hard lesson. That is why you check the credentials of the author, where s/he got her information and what people with similar credentials think. Is the person an MD? Are they involved in research and not just spouting a pet opinion? Are their views backed up by scientific literature. Do many other researchers agree? Etc.

     

    From personal experience I feel the best on a high carb, low fat diet, but is it the best? Strangely when I was on the 811 diet I had no lines in my nails, since I'm eating grains, beans, legumes again I have the lines. Did I f***k myself up with the 811 and now I see the symptoms

     

    Maybe, raw diets can be low in several nutrients and that takes time for that problem to become visible. Raw diets, especially juice & fruit heavy ones throw a lot of sugary ( juices ) and acidic foods at teeth which erode the teeth and gums over time. On top of that not brushing twice a day( and flossing ) with fluoride toothpaste to clean it all out will make it worse since those acids and sugars are just sitting in your mouth, working on decaying your teeth.

     

    You are doing the right things by brushing with fluoride again and seeing a dentist.

     

    Please let us know how this turns out.

  4. My fiance and I decided it was for the best, better safe than sorry.. especially when it comes down to a pecious baby getting sick. she recieved two shots today and a oral vaccine, poor baby was cranky and tired all day long after; the up side she just wanted to cuddle with mommy and daddy all day long which is unusal for her now that she can hold herself up. lol

     

     

    + 1

  5. Okay so I have a lot of questions that I post from time to time. I have been a vegan for a while but the raw aspect still confuses me from time to time.

     

    I heard that you only really need to eat a 75% raw diet to be considered a raw vegan (or eater in general), what are peoples thoughts on that?

     

    I still steam tofu/tempeh, sweet potatos, corn and things that need to be cooked.. I haven't got used to or succeeded sprouting yet..

     

    I wouldn't worry about it.

     

    Raw foods diets are not based on any kind of scientific research whatsoever.

     

    "Percent of diet raw" isn't even defined

     

    percentage of calories consumed?

    percentage of food weight consumed?

    percentage of food volume consumed?

    percentage of number of meals consumed?

     

    Take your pick, it isn't based on anything.

     

    Read reliable vegan nutrition information ( see my sig ), make sure you are getting everything you need regardless of wear it comes from and don't worry about what is raw.

  6. Crikey, I never thought there could be so much misinformation in one thread.

     

    Jack Norris R.D. is a vegan registered dietitian who regularly reads nutrition journals. He isn't about selling a product and he isn't a fan of a particular diet. You can trust his information. He maintains a free online vegan nutrition book here:

     

    http://veganhealth.org/

     

    Norris also runs a blog

     

    http://jacknorrisrd.com/

  7. - swimming regularly using the back stroke........incredibly effective

     

    - yoga..loosens tight muscles, strengthen weak ones, makes it easier to stand up straight

     

    - cylindrical pillow ( Google on "lumbar support role" ) between the small of your back and chair when you are sitting down. It makes it much easier to sit up straight.

     

    - raise your computer monitor. Anytime you have to look up a little your posture will automatically

    straighten

  8. Many sleep medications are addictive and have nasty side effects. Often better results can be gotten with a program of various behavioral changes done consistently over time. I highly recommend the book

    "Say Goodnight To Insomnia"

     

    Good Luck

     

    I would do but mine isn't behavioral (though I'm not saying that it wouldn't help). I have a very rare eye condition which makes me visually disabled but also means that my eyes are still trying to do things while I'm trying to sleep.. So yea that.

     

    The solutions for better sleep are behavioral, not the problems the solutions are for.

  9. Many sleep medications are addictive and have nasty side effects. Often better results can be gotten with a program of various behavioral changes done consistently over time. I highly recommend the book

    "Say Goodnight To Insomnia"

     

    Good Luck

     

    I would do but mine isn't behavioral (though I'm not saying that it wouldn't help). I have a very rare eye condition which makes me visually disabled but also means that my eyes are still trying to do things while I'm trying to sleep.. So yea that.

     

    The solutions for better sleep are behavioral, not the problems the solutions are for.

  10. Hi tornquad2,

     

    Yes it is a myth. There have been posts about testosterone as well as testosterone and soy before. I suggest you search on "soy", "testosterone" and "soy and testosterone" with the search link on the top right corner of this site. Also, repeat those searches on

    http://www.veganfitness.net/index.php

     

    You should find at least several posts of weight lifters who had their testosterone levels measured and who had no problems.

     

    FWIW, if you have health insurance it is worth the price of a copay for one visit to a medical doctor to easily, quickly lay any concerns you have to rest. It will be less of a hassle and give you a better answer than sorting through the folklore on the internet

     

    As far as soy goes I collect articles about it in a special section of my site. It provides a balanced view to the anti-soy hysteria you so often see on the web and all of the articles point to reliable authorities:

     

    http://beforewisdom.com/blog/category/soy/

     

    The biggest issues weight lifters face when going vegan are getting enough calories, getting enough protein, getting a b-12 supplment and taking a DHA/EPA ( essential fatty acid ) supplement.

     

    Welcome aboard!

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