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Just wondering. What would a doctor say if i said i wanted to switch to being vegan for health reasons.
 

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'Lo Kindred <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
My experience of UK Doctors is that they vary wildly from "Hmmm so you broke your leg in a car accident/have a common cold/caught herpes/whatever AND your'e a <i>vegee</i>-tarian, eh? Here's a presciption for 2 cows. Eat them both and come back and see me in the morning ..." to "Good for for you! Just make sure you eat a balanced diet .."
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Kindred</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2978505"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Just wondering. What would a doctor say if i said i wanted to switch to being vegan for health reasons.</div>
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I'm yet to see anything conclusive about the health benefits of a vegan diet. Which is not to say you shouldn't do it (it's certainly a good idea for other reasons), just don't expect it to be magically super healthy.<br><br>
What does the government have to do your with question though?
 

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I have great concerns about healthcare in America.<br>
But I just watched the documentary "Burzynski" <a href="http://www.burzynskimovie.com/" target="_blank">http://www.burzynskimovie.com/</a> and it made me want to run far away from any doctor I trusted so far. So thats just me ha ha
 

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A group of my vegan mates and I were discussing this point just the other night.<br><br>
Most docs in our country seem pretty easy going about it. None of us have had any problems so far. they usually just say 'make sure you eat a balanced diet and keep an eye on your b12'. When i first told my doc that i had gone vegan, she just said I was good for trying it and then printed out a few bits of info from the Internet for me to read.
 

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I had asked my ENT a few days ago if my sinus problems was the dairy I been eating and consuming the last several weeks because my teeth issues, I needed the dairy stuff like ice creams and stuff to eat. He said it was less likely that dairy had any cause unless I am allergic to dairy. I did mention I am going Veg and changing my diet around he didn't sound to excited about it but, at least it will help me feel better.<br>
I think the First Lady and the President we have right now has a good chance of supporting a Vegan and Vegeterian diet since they are promoting healthy eating however, the rest of the government i have no idea. I wish they can give people that are on food assistance programs and or ssi discounts on all foods especially the natural and Veg friendly food.<br>
My husband commented a few days ago at the store why is it that the unhealthy foods are more cheaper then the healthy ones it should be the other way around? I told him its a marketing plow.
 

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Why would you be concerned with the Governments view or opinion when it comes to your personal diet or health?
 

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I had asked my ENT a few days ago if my sinus problems was the dairy I been eating and consuming the last several weeks because my teeth issues, I needed the dairy stuff like ice creams and stuff to eat.</div>
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No worries! the calcium matrix is laid down in your enamel a long long time ago- when your teeth were still forming when you were a little baby. Calcium stays there and doesn't leave there ever. It simply is impossible.<br>
Your body will leach calcium off other areas if it is so super hugely deprived, which does not happen too often if you are eating a normal diet. Areas like your organs and bones- but it really won't happen.<br>
If you are having problems with your teeth, no need to increase/ consume dairy.
 

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Studies don't lie when they say the majority of vegetarians and vegans are healthier than omnivores. It is not because the diet is necessarily healthier by default, but most veg*ns pay much more attention to what they put in their body on a daily basis.<br><br>
My doc fully supports my diet, it is certainly better than the diet of most of the people he has to deal with on a daily basis. Your doctor is required to ask you questions to make sure you are still getting all of the required nutrients on a daily basis but assuming all of your vitals are fine and you eat a balanced diet they'll be glad to support your decision.
 

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<div class="quote-block">I'm yet to see anything conclusive about the health benefits of a vegan diet. Which is not to say you shouldn't do it (it's certainly a good idea for other reasons), just don't expect it to be magically super healthy.</div>
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You must not be looking very hard b/c there is conclusive evidence all over the place. Drs. Dean Ornish and Caldwell Esselstyn have shown that a fruit.veggie centered vegan diet reverses heart disease, and T. Colin Campbell showed meat and dairy's effects on cancer in one of the largest dietary studies ever done--The China Study. As long as you are eating the good stuff, it is pretty magical.
 

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Hey Eljay, LOVE your baby bear picture!! Anyway, I think the government still supports the original FDA "food pyramid" don't they?? If they didn't, how about putting a hefty tax on meat!! too many taxes on everything, at least a MEAT TAX would save us veg'ns money!!!
 
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