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Wednesday, November 04, 2009

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The more I know, the more I don't know. The more I learn, the more I know I need to understand. And, I'm glad I know at least what I know, ya know?

I went to an anti-aging doctor yesterday. Purpose:

1) to find reason behind my constant quad/hamstring pain. It feels like the muscles in my quads, especially, are filled with fluid. It has been suggested that it COULD be buildup from acid in my diet to lactic acid in my muscles. I wanted to read more, but haven't found resources yet. I'm open about it. If you can share a good link regarding lactic acid, I'll read it!

2) She's concerned about my having to get up around 4am to go #1, and lately having difficulty getting back to sleep. I think I just have a lot on my mind, but if I really think about it, I've been getting up like that for years. The only difference being I can usually get back to sleep. I also go to bed too late and need to retrain myself to get to bed earlier. Have I said that before? lol Maybe I need some memory help, too, as I told her since my total cholesterol is down to 185 from 230ish it's not as good. BUT, I'm also not exercising as much, and exercise helps the brain and all that.

3) My good ole heart palpitations saga continues. I'm not being scientific, but I think they wane the more I eat ... you got it, fats. I showed her some d-ribose I don't use cause I didn't like the grittiness of it. She told me to suck it up and use a scoop 3x/day. Instead of water, I tried it in a cold cup of tea, and it was palatable enough.

The doctor was keen to stay neutral at this meet and greet appt. We went over my health history, but more today's than pre-celiac diagnosis. I trucked my supplements in a sm. purse backpack (she said some people visit her w/suitcases). I said I was happy she wasn't too snobby about my supplement choices, but she said there was time for that later :P. lol We did a bio-impedence test (I'm fat): the scale runs elecric current through your body to divide your muscle vs bone vs fat mass lbs; and also includes your intra/intercellular fluid levels. I'll insert particulars later. I've done three others and they were about the same.

My BP was up 130/90 - no sleep the night before, but even so, sometimes it IS 130/85ish. Bad. Other times, it's 120/80, too, but I don't like that trend. I need to up my cardio, lower sodium? or lower protein load on kidneys? We'll see. I haven't done treadmill cardio in forever. I have been dappling more in the rebounder, and have gone 10 minutes.

She wanted to see the IgG food antibody results I had, so I just faxed them. She does believe in them, and I might end up doing what I suggest on my own page: the elimination/rotation diet. That's something that has been on my mind since my first IgG food panel cause the dairy, even though "VL" or very low response, was SO across the board. Same with a lot of fish, and egg. PeachesII made an interesting comment in a Celiac team thread about those with gluten intolerance (etc) have intolerances to a lot of proteins ... hmmmm.

The doctor decided to finally go 100% gluten-free herself about 4-5 months ago. She'd been low gluten, had some pizza, and the next day her joints ached and she was puffy. Previous to that she attributed it to the dairy, the sodium, etc. How many times have I heard that one. I said I totally understood.

My last lipid panel (and keep in mind my diet is around 50% fats):

Total Cholesterol 185 (expected range is under 200)
Triglycerides 79 (exp range is under 150)
HDL 52 (expected range is over 39) I'm taking niacin (1 or 2x/day 400mg ea), but I want to research increasing coconut/milk- saw in a blog that a guy raised his HDL to 133 or something incredulous. He's a PaleoMan. :) I'll post link later. BTW, my prev. HDL readings history were in the low-mid 30s.
LDL 117 (expected range is less than 100)
LDL/HDL ratio 2.25 (expected range is less than 3.22).
A1C 5.7 (hello fruit & not enough exercise :P)
Insulin 5
Fasting Glucose at 11am: 87

I need to drink 1/2 my body weight in ounces. I'll be floating. In winter, I'm so not into water, so this will be difficult. I'm hoping this doc can help me balance my dietary fats (omega's). I think I eat too many omega 6s in the form of nuts and seeds (and not soaking/sprouting them to boot: maybe the phytic acid is blocking nutrient absorption of calcium; I need to watch my bone & heart health. ).

Reading Mary Enig's book, Know Your Fats ( ), and Udo Erasmus' Fats that Heal, Fats that Kill ( ), helped realign my thinking about fat. It also got me redirected and not thinking about all the veggies I should be eating. lol What I think about is that fish eat algae, cows eat grass ... they're great protein, but because they eat greens. I should, too.

I "try" to eat some at every meal. Anyway, I'm going to get back to eating more veggies. *fingers crossed* as I'll be travelling to my folks' this weekend; and it's more of a struggle to eat healthy away from home.

I wanted to share these links regarding fat in the diet for those in my family who are skeptical. I hope we can talk about what your thoughts are.

Along with my favorite subject, probiotics, healthy fats help maintain the integrity of your intestinal tract ( ). (4mins), and from that .

and another great link regarding sugar (fructose) metabolism floating around my cyberspace lately: (90mins)

I'm going to add links regarding (proponents of) fat below as I find them:

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2CATS2LOVE1 11/5/2009 8:49AM

    I hope you feel better, Dot. I know walking helps me a lot and also drinking the water. Yes, it's hard drinking water. So not into it in the winter either. I don't do gluten otherwise I feel like your doctor; puffy and joints hurting. I stay Atkins Induction. It works for me and I feel so much BETTER. Find that Atkins book you have and read it again. Perhaps it will help you, too. Yummy on the recipe. Avocados are sooooo good for you!!

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    You already know what I think. Everyone's diet should be individualized based on his/her own genetic predispositions and own unique set of health challenges and problems. So my diet should not look like your diet.

They are always concerned about lack of sleep. My doctor flips on it. It does shorten your life. It has to be a priority but I have yet to find a way to force myself to sleep.

I get heart palpitations from caffeine - even small amounts. If stay away from it, my palpitations disappear. My former doctor solved that problem for me.

Not a fan of tons of supplements. They can be harmful. A few are good. Very few.

almost everyone needs to up the exercise and cut back on sodium.

re the fluid intake - do it. I drink, I pee. All day long. It flushes out a lot of things you don't want in there.

Greens are good, Veggies are good. Healthy fats are good. And probiotics are Great!!

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IgG Food Antibody Testing Results

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

What IgG is:
"Immunoglobulin G (IgG), is one of the most abundant proteins in human serum with normal levels between 8-17 mg/ml in adult blood. IgG is important for our defence against microorganisms and the molecules are produced by B lymphocytes as a part of our adaptive immune response. The IgG molecule has two separate functions; to bind to the pathogen that elicited the response and to recruit other cells and molecules to destroy the antigen."
from: or a bit easier read from WebMD:

"IgG antibodies are found in all body fluids. They are the smallest but most common antibody (75% to 80%) of all the antibodies in the body. IgG antibodies are very important in fighting bacterial and viral infections. IgG antibodies are the only type of antibody that can cross the placenta in a pregnant woman to help protect her baby (fetus)."

First test was taken 10.5 months after gf diet started (2-1-06). I went for testing after my reaction to IV solution used during a lung CT scan (supposed to related to sea proteins or iodine). Second test taken 42 months after gf diet began. I’m allergic to MORE food now since I’m ‘supposing’ my gut healed.

Testing scale is “None Detected” or ND, VL very low, 1+ Low, 2+Moderate, 3+ High
12-19-06 and 08-27-09

Dairy: 1st Test: Casein, Cheddar, Cottage, Cow’s & Goat’s Milk = VL. 2nd Test Changed: Lactalbumin and Yogurt went up from VL to 1+Low. (bummer, I’m addicted to plain yogurt.) ND dairy: none. I should live without for a while to see how I feel. SHOULD. It has been a few days: I miss the texture.

Fruits: None Detected both tests. (cool!? I’ll still eat fructose in meal, when I eat it alone my bg spikes tho not long). ND fruits: apple, apricot, banana, blueberry, cranberry, grape, grapefruit, lemon, orange, papaya, peach, pear, pineapple, plum, raspberry, strawberry.

Vegetables: 1st Test: Alfalfa (both tests-never eat it), Pea = VL. 2nd Test Changed: Asparagus, Celery, Sweet Potato, White Potato, Spinach, String Bean went up from ND to VL. Peas went from VL to ND (I never eat peas. I don’t eat asparagus much, never eat celery, eat A LOT of sweet potato, barely any potato, lots of spinach, no string beans). ND veggie foods to focus on: avocado (eat ‘em almost daily!), beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrot, cukes, gr. pepper (eat ‘em a lot), lettuce (lots), mushroom (lots), olive (lots), onion (avg), peas (blech), tomato (yay, eat’em almost daily), zucchini (eh, not much).

Fish/Shellfish: 1st Test: Cod, Lobster = VL. Oyster 3+! (Never had an oyster in my life.) 2nd Test Changed: Clam, Crab, Sole, Tuna up from ND to VL, Cod and Lobster up from VL to 1+, Oyster down from 3+ to 1+, Shrimp up from ND to 1+. (Still haven’t eaten an oyster, nor clams or crab. Haven’t had cod in forever, nor sole. I eat tuna A LOT.) ND foods to focus on: red snapper, salmon (eat it), sardines (working on it!), trout (hard to find in these parts).

Poultry/Meats: 1st Test: Egg Yolk = VL (I hadn’t started eating eggs at this point). 2nd Test Changed: Egg White in addition to Egg Yolk = VL. (I eat A LOT of eggs now.) ND poultry/meat foods to focus on: beef, chicken, lamb, pork, turkey.

Nuts/Grains: 1st Test: Kidney bean, peanut, pinto bean (was eating legumes), rice (was eating lots of rice products), sesame (was eating sesame by the teaspoonful for calcium!) = VL. 2nd Test Changed: Kidney bean, peanut, pinto bean, sesame (never eat em, ‘cept organic peanut butter once in a while) still VL. Add buckwheat, corn, GLUTEN, OAT, pecan and WHEAT up from ND to VL. (I haven’t had buckwheat, corn, gluten, oats, or wheat! Yes, I’ve had a few servings of pecans.) Sunflower seeds went from ND to 2+! (I eat them A LOT.) ND foods to focus more on: almonds, corn gluten(?), lentil, lima bean, rye (oh well), soy (never eat it), walnut.

Miscellaneous: 1st Test: Cane Sugar = VL (I don’t remember using “sugar sugar” much, but I did use honey and whatever’s in gf packaged products). 2nd Test Changed: Cane sugar stayed the same = VL, Chocolate went from ND to 2+ (boo hoo). I do enjoy dark chocolate in spurts. ND Misc foods to focus on (?): yeast, coffee, honey.

I think this is the stuff the Blood Type Diet was based on (lectins). I read it, but I don't think it applies. Here's an interesting article against it:

I’ve read IgG tests are accurate and inaccurate. I’ve read muscle-testing for food allergies is accurate and inaccurate. I have an online friend who has cancer. She got IgG tested, and is eating according to her food allergies and feels wonderful. The idea is that the body is working too hard overcoming the battle (inflammation results) when eating the allergens; by not eating them she’s freeing energy to fight cancer.

What's your experience with IgG food allergens?

Things I’ve noticed: dark chocolate (70%+ cocoa; I've even eaten a whole big bar of 66% without bg repercussions ...that I know of anyway) doesn’t make my blood glucose rise (but apparently I’m more allergic because of that whole bar- lol– booo). My blood glucose goes down when I eat eggs (but apparently I’m allergic). Maybe cause I need more carbs, but go DOWN? I know there's no correlation between bg and allergy, but I think it's interesting about dark chocolate.

I'm going to try to lessen my morning coffee intake. I've read both good and bad about coffee, so I thought one cup a day wouldn't hurt. The most recent thing I read is that it has acrylamides. That might be the straw that broke the camel's back for me. Acrylamides occur in heated products (esp to fats/oils, and is what helped me get off potato chips), and can contribute to cancer.
Here's to green and white tea! emoticon

I've got an appt with a preventative health practioner MD next week. I'm hoping she can help me find an answer re: the muscle pain in my quads/hams from being active. It's tiresome. I'm also hoping she can find out why my hsCRP is elevated at 6.5 (though down from 12 in a previous test, but how I did that I do not know). She mentioned in a speech that it's heart related, but I kinda wonder if inflammation from other sources couldn't also play a role (autoimmune disorders, my quads?!, my gut fat having a life of it's own, my dietary fat breakdown or diet? My sis is bigger than me - negative hsCRP result. I'm jealous.)

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EDELWEISS33 2/15/2010 8:48AM

    Thanks for the info. My allergy tests rated 4++ on everything but strawberries. Ive been struggling for years!

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NEXTYEAR 11/1/2009 4:48PM

    You are going through a lot. Hope they come up with the true villian. emoticon

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2CATS2LOVE1 10/30/2009 5:54PM

    A lot of that sounds "Greek" to me. But, I too am cutting my coffee consumption down. I used to drink almost a whole pot by myself. Now, 1-2 cups each morning.

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GIRLINBRAZIL 10/28/2009 8:21PM

    Big test! Hope your appointment next week answers some more questions for you! Thinking of you!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/28/2009 7:45PM

    I've never had these tests. I trust food elimination diets when they are done right. It might be interesting to test those food identified as problematic on a food elimination diet with the IgG test.

You know my opinion of coffee. There are over a 1000 chemical elements in coffee and many of them are carcinogens.

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MOLAGIRL 10/28/2009 7:38PM

    This is very interesting and will inspire others to get testing and see where their problems occur.

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Another reason bread's not tasty anymore ...

Thursday, October 08, 2009

I'm searching for a Steve Hartman "Assignment America" segment I liked from October '08 so I can delete it from TiVo (can't find it), but I did find this weird bread artist from Thailand. No pics for this, it's too "ew."

If YOUR kid/s want to make their own bread art, go to WORKSHOPS here emoticon: (I made a piece of toast with the words GLUTEN FREE) - brilliant! lol

I found the Steve Hartman piece I thought was SO funny! These kids are priceless (their faces ... too great for words). And I've saved it since "2007!" lol. I can declutter the TiVo now ... emoticon emoticon "The "victim" so reminds me of one of my nephews.

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GIRLINBRAZIL 10/9/2009 6:57PM

    I'll skip the video for now since my net is super slow this week! Sounds like something good for Halloween!

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DOTSLADY 10/9/2009 4:29PM

    Sorry: warning!! The first link has pics of a baker who makes life-like gorey body parts out of bread. They could be used on a CSI episode, they look so real. If you're not into that, please spare yourself. :P

DO visit the Steve Hartman Assignment America. It's cute. I love kids.

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JAC-ATTACK 10/9/2009 1:37PM

    I really didn't know what to expect when I opened the link. I was totally shocked.

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2CATS2LOVE1 10/9/2009 11:12AM

    Weird...and GROSS!!

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POEKSTER 10/9/2009 3:12AM

    I love bread ... not the art though or is it dough ... can't rember my english right now LOVE BREAD .. just ca't eat it ;)

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    Very strange. At least he's found a use for bread besides spiking blood sugars and making people sick. LOL.

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Gout: The missing chapter from Good Calories, Bad Calories

Monday, October 05, 2009

Gout runs on DH's maternal side (the diagnosed celiac, btw); he has a cousin who also shares the affliction). A recent Tim Ferriss blog re: gout caught my attention:

Gouty arthritis and sugars. Hmmm.

I want to write more, but had to bookmark/save this for later. Gotta run.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/7/2009 12:28PM

    Very interesting. I wonder how many more diseases will be linked to high carb diets.

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2CATS2LOVE1 10/6/2009 7:57PM

    Thanks for sharing. I will read this when I have more energy. I am suffering w/ a sore throat. Know what? This is the first time on Atkins I have been sick. Usually I don't get sick when on Atkins. Come visit when you are able. Miss ya!!

Comment edited on: 10/6/2009 7:57:57 PM

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MOLLIEMAC 10/6/2009 8:10AM

    Thanks for sharing this link...MJ

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Guts and Greens

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

A pic from the infamous Mel Brooks' campfire scene in Blazing Saddles (carbs carbs they make you toot!).

I'm tivo-ing Dr. Oz's new show. Today's episode: A Cowboy Goes Vegan. He introduced us to a cowboy from Arizona who has diabetes. His CT scan showed he was in the 97th percentile for his age (or 97% blockage) in an artery; or the heart of an 85 yr old.

What you don't see in the clip is his home introduction - how he lives his life teaching city slickers how to horse around (my pun). Dietary points shown:

1) He's a "meat and potatoes" man, with heavy emphasis on the meat. There are LOTS of close-ups of his meals: bacon, eggs, potatoes, steaks and potatoes, burgers and fries in the truck on the ranch on the fly (not a very peaceful meal).

2) He eschews vegetables and hasn't eaten any for YEARS.

3) His portions were huge (he does burn a lot, I'd think, too), but I'd like to see his caloric intake vs energy expenditure for both Ways of Eating (WOE).

Dr. Oz has him going vegan ("no faces" "no mothers") to reverse his plaque and to lose weight and get off his diabetes medication. This is interesting to me, especially when he shows his mostly soy alternatives (if you didn't know, I'm not a fan of soy). Most of the food is what DH would call "Simpson food" ... all brown (and the same could be said for Mr. Cowboy's meals if truth-be-told). Why would vegan be a "natural" diet if one had to supplement with B12? Seems B12 is "natural" in meat, but I digress. I eat meat, and I still have to supplement with B12, so whatever floats your boat and works with your system is okay by me.

Week One: Detox week. Replacing protein with nuts and seeds, supplementing multivitamin and B12. Vegan chili.

Week Two: Find alternatives to meat: soy alternatives shown. Seitan tastes like meat, soy proteins taste like meat. He's "rebooting" himself.

Week Three: Learning to snack by making good choices. Though potato chips are vegan, they're not okay. You can eat soybean alternatives, 70%+ cocao chocolate.

The fourth week of the diet, Dr. Oz "does" explain that his meat is not going to be the main course, but the accoutrament to the meal. I'm assuming the meat he pointed to on the plate was still "soy".

I guess I was discouraged to NOT see the important part of a vegetarian or vegan dietary premise (or ANY diet for that matter): the vegetables! Remember what I learned about greens being prebiotics for better gut physiology which, when coupled with fats/oils help vitamin K promote BONE health by directing calcium INTO the bones, not tissues (arteries)? Do you need to be vegan for that? Nope. You need some guts and greens. You need more alkaline to acid - that's my belief.

Mr. Cowboy had a great question regarding concerns about his blood sugars on this diet - beans and rice, all those buns and crackers. Dr. Oz said once he loses his gut, he'll lose the diabetes meds. I can only think that he'll be pretty hungry ... I hope this is discussed at the end of the "experiment."

I recently watched the movie FAT HEAD and found Tom Naughton's blog. He says this as part of his Sept 17, 2009, blog entry regarding elevated insulin, which I think so appropro re: Mr. Cowboy (I'm guessing he's trying to low-carb it, but with the taters, fries and buns it's not exactly working out):

"Suddenly it made sense why fat people overeat - or at least appear to overeat. In fact, they’re eating as much as they need to keep their cells fueled. When elevated insulin commands your body to store calories as fat, you run out of fuel and become hungry. So you eat more. In other words, you’re not getting fat because you’re eating more; you’re eating more because you’re getting fat."


I think vegan would be hard, and "gf" vegan even more difficult!
On my homefront: I'm excited to have picked up a couple of small mini-tramps from my neighbor's garage sale, and managed to jump 50 jumps before getting whooped! What a workout! I got outside my food box and tried sardines in olive oil (pretty bland), and bought some beets to include in a smoothie. I'm concerned about the sugar, so I won't use much, but how WILD am I!? lol

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GIRLINBRAZIL 9/26/2009 9:05AM

    Looks like this Dr. Oz guy could use some of your advice! I'm with you all the way on this one!!!

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2CATS2LOVE1 9/23/2009 5:28PM

    Personally, I think Dr Oz is a FAKE! I never really liked him, Dot. Really. Even in the Bible, when God allowed men to eat meat after the flood he himself said "your body craves meat."~Deuteronomy 12:20. Perhaps in our imperfection due to Adam & Eve sinning we now NEED the nutrients in meat. Had Adam & Eve not sinned they would have continued to eat the fruit of the trees (vegetarian) because at that time they didn't kill animals for food. We are so far from being perfect now. There are many vitamins, minerals and iron in red meat as well as foul and fish (omega oils). I agree w/ Dr Atkins on all accounts. Less carbs, more protein, veggies and fruits (except induction). We were never meant to eat packaged food w/ long preservation dates. Again, the Bible says that in God's New Paradise on earth he will make for the people a "banquet of well-oiled dishes."~Isaiah 25:6. Imagine that! Well oiled dishes! Olive oil was well used in Biblical days too.

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PENCILDANCER 9/23/2009 3:55PM

    oh you're killing me here! beets and sardines? yikes!

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JEFFREYC1 9/23/2009 12:59PM

    Good Blog Dot!

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ESSEXCHICKIE 9/23/2009 2:30AM

    I can not access that show right now as I am still in England but I do know from my own experience, and I am a vegetarian, that eating tons of soy makes me either gain weight or plateau. I once had a 9 week plateau and the very day I stopped with all the fake meat I had been eating the scale moved.

I know there is a lot of controvery about soy, especially with regard to thryoid function, but all I can attest to is my own personal experiences with it, and it never did a blessed thing for my menopausal symptoms either as I have read it would many a time.

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CLIMBNRUN 9/22/2009 11:08PM

  To tell you the truth I'm a bit disappointed in Dr. Oz's decision to incorporate so much soy-based fake meat products into Mr. Cowboy's diet and also into the lives of the other people he is advising, like the whole American population who will watch his show! Now I do like Dr. Oz, I think he has brought a lot in terms of sound nutritional, medical and lifestyle advice to the public via Oprah, but this is one area I have to disagree with him on. Soy protein ISOLATE, used in these 'meat substitutes,' is questionable in the nutrition community and the products that contain this compound are very processed foods. Pure, whole soy foods like edamame have a much lesser estrogenic effect on the body and are a safer choice when non-GMO (aka "organic" because all organic soy products MUST be non-GMO to be certified). Plus, they are delicious and, when prepared fresh, not at all processed.

I also have to wonder why he elected to have Silk sponsor his health challenge bus (Friday's episode). Silk was pulled from Starbucks shelves across the nation recently because they removed the 'organic' seal from their products, meaning it is no longer a reliable source of non-GMO soybeans. Amongst all products that people might select to pay a premium for as "organic," soy ranks high. I hope people can take his soy-related nutrition advice with a grain of salt, but I fear that will not be the case. I truly do admire his overall perspective on health and believe he makes health accessible and understandable to the masses, so I'm all for his new show. However, I am glad that you have both recognized and addressed this bizarre 'vegan/soy protein isolate' diet recommendation. With SO many other satisfying and sound vegan recipes out there, this is quite an oxymoron to me as well!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/22/2009 10:30PM

    The cowboys diet sounds horrible. Both his former diet and the Oz one. LOL. I think I'd almost rather die. Cowboy will never be able to stay on it.

I love beets but not in a smoothie. I'm not into the smoothie thing really. And sardines?? Ewwwww!! The SMELL!! You really are wild!!!

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AINTSKEERD 9/22/2009 10:25PM

    emoticon emoticonSardines-nom nom nom
Musical fruit is also one of my staples. emoticon

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