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From: Warren Green (
Subject:         Re: Nutrients lacking/not absorbed?
Date: October 24, 2006 at 9:44 pm PST

In Reply to: Nutrients lacking/not absorbed? posted by Pumpkin on October 24, 2006 at 2:34 am:

Thank you for responding to my posting.
Paula is a forty-seven year old woman who lives on Salt Spring Island , a small island off the coast of British Columbia. Until recently she and her husband Mike ran a bed & breakfast, and hostel during the spring and summer months, but are now retired. While I never questioned her on the particulars of her vegan diet, when I last saw her just over two years ago, I believe she had been a committed vegan (sometime during her twenties & thirties) and was fairly knowledgeable.
Obviously, if she ate this way for eleven years, she must have been doing something right, and I know from personal experience, when I've been convinced I'm right about something for several years, I don't give it up easily.
While I question the judgement of people who get sucked into the "Eat Right For Your Type" garbage, I think of Paula as an intelligent woman, and I have to admit, ten years ago I got sucked in by "The Zone".
The point I want to make is, Paula doesn't eat a little bit of fish and chicken, these are the centre pieces of many meals.
In "The Food Revolution", John Robbins wrote," We live in a Judeo-Christian cultural context that has historically shown a stupendous ability to produce feelings of guilt. Many of us have been taught to see God as a punishing parent." Along with this we've been taught to fear death. Also we tend to see the world in terms of "good & evil". Many of us can't comprehend "balance", or understand why if a little is good, more isn't better.
When my grandfather lost part of a leg to diabetes a couple of years ago, his doctor told him, "A little bit of wine might be good for you". All my grandfather heard was, "Wine is good".
On page 141 of "Healthy At 100", John Robbins seems to be saying, "A little bit of wild fish might be good for you". This was a surprise! Along with potentially alienating some in the vegan community, and concerns over mercury and other toxins, there is something else. Even though he makes clear that more, definitely isn't better, I'm sure there will be some who only hear, "Fish is good!"
The last three years and a bit I've been eating at least a 95% plant-based diet, and been very careful about the 5% animal-based foods that I've eaten. ( organic & free range eggs, feta cheese, wild salmon, elk ) With blood tests coming back fine, I was tempted to go 100% plant-based for a year, but now I think I'll continue to eat a small can of salmon once or twice a month, and supplement my diet with iodine, carnosine, vitamine D and B12. I may still adopt a 100% plant-based diet at some point, but I'm in no rush.
Emerson said, "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds". I don't know whether not eating fish is a foolish consistency, but I prefer not to look at the world in terms of good & evil.

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