I have the unfortunate luck to live with a researcher, my wife Dr. Yolanda Holloway. Because she is always researching about how our food is killing us and following the advice and research of the best selling author of Food Over Medicine, Dr. Pamela Popper http://drpampopper.com, she has convinced me to at least try a more vegetarian lifestyle.
This past summer I was diagnosed with a lunge disease called Sarcoidosis; it's an awful auto immune disorder. I don't know how many of you knew the great comedian, Bernie "Mac" McCollough, but he died in 2008 of the same disease and I greatly admired the man. Basically, sarcoidosis is the formation of nodules or small benign tumors in an area of the body, in my case the lunges. Although they are benign, the numbers of tumors can greatly inhibit your ability to breathe and feel well period.
The first thing the doctor did when he diagnosed me with the disease is put me on steroids, the ubiquitous steroid medicine, Prednisone. My wife was upset because she felt he should have at least explored other alternatives to the steroids such as diet. Some years ago she had heard of a doctor in Towson, MD that believed that diet was a better alternative to the disease than using steroids. Her mother, who has had sarcoidosis since 1996, has spent the last 20 years taking Prednisone. As a result, her lungs are fibrous (meaning they don't expand) and the medicine has caused her tissue to be so weak, that receiving sutures after surgery is a chore. Me being stubborn and impatient, I just wanted to be cured and cured fast so I didn't listen. Of course, my wife always says that, "Doctors don't cure anything. They just give you a pill for symptoms or cut out whatever hurts or isn't functioning properly."
I'm a loyal listener of the Karen Hunter show on XM radio and each day she has a segment on different topics. On Wednesdays as of late the topic is Wellness Wednesday and has featured Dr. Pam Popper. Dr. Popper is tough when it comes to American eating habits. She studies ALL the studies on the effect of various foods on our bodies. She has researched the research in other words. Unfortunately, the body of research points to the harm of dairy, meat, and sugar on the American diet and overall health. We're the most obese nation in the world! And no, it's not just from carbs. If you have the chance, check out some of the international research on the effects of meat and dairy on our health.
Nevertheless, my wife badgered me about the estrogen in milk and continued to tell me about the quality and nutrients in your food versus just the sheer quantity of food...so, like a good husband, I decided to join her in her quest to become a vegetarian. Our hope is to look for alternatives to medicine, but above all, we are on a journey to live an overall healthy lifestyle. I encourage you to try it as well. If a New Jersey sub guy like me can take a chance to look at the impact of a vegetarian diet on my health and life, I'm sure you can do it too. I will being doing a follow up blog on calorie dense animal food and how it affects your brain on feeling full.
If you would like to join me on my quest to be a healthier you. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org