"The Time For Nutrition As A Therapy Has Arrived"
About Me: Chris Wake, Cert. Plant Based Nutrition E Cornell University, New York & Adv. dip. Horticulture, Botanic Gardens , Adelaide. (I am Also A Fine Artist & Landscape Consultant)
Whole Food Plant Based Health Coach & Cooking Classes
This is My Story
My personal journey to health began in 2007. For the first 47 years of my life I was constantly plagued by ill health. I suffered chronic insomnia, poly cystic ovary syndrome, hormone imbalance, fertility problems, virus after virus, pre cancer cells of the cervix, fibroids, irritable bowel syndrome, cold sores, gluten and lactose sensitivity, I suffered tonsillitis up to 5 times per year and I was overweight, had high cholesterol, acne, brain fog and food poisoning from restaurants. I went to many different medical doctors and naturopaths to try and find a way to build up my immune system as I thought I already had a “healthy” diet – I was very conscious of nutrition and thought I was eating enough of the right foods – you know the saying “everything in moderation” except now I know that is like saying “just hit yourself with the hammer in moderation!” I have just about had every medical test you can imagine and still no one could help me. In 2007 I came down with the worst chest infection I have ever had and it dragged on for four months with four lots of antibiotics and three lots of steroids. After this ordeal was over I swore to myself never to be sick again and there must be answer. I started growing some of my own vegetables and noticed that I felt a little better and lost some weight so I decided to gradually become vegetarian to see if it would help. The more vegetarian my diet became the better I felt and the stronger my immune system became and although up to that point I had been a bit of a dinner party queen, cooking gourmet western diet recipes, I decided at this point to exclude animal foods altogether. I went on a vegan diet for and my health soared and although I was still consuming way too much oil, salt and sugar and was still carrying some excess weight until I ditched the SOS and educated myself about energy density in foods. Never before had I felt this way in my body, it was a total revelation to me.
I eat a whole Food Plant Based Diet Low in Salt Oil and Sugar and my health has never been better. in fact I feel younger, healthier and lower weight at age 56 than I did in my 30`s and 40`s. Vegan and vegetarian diets can still be junk diets full of processed refined foods high in fat salt and sugar and the same health issues can plague people to choose to eat such a low nutrient diet with animal foods (I should call them animal toxins) taking the place of plants. I no longer suffer the terrible insomnia that I have had since childhood, I have lost 15kg, I no longer get sick, my skin is clear, my hormones are in balance, my eyes are bright, brain fog is gone, my cholesterol is right down and I am finally healthy! Apart from an occasional slight sniffle I have not been at all unwell for the past 9 years and no longer have a need to make all those medical appointments any more. I am so happy inside that I feel like shouting out about it from the rooftops as I know that there are millions of people suffering as I did and much worse most of which is triggered by diet and you too can claim back your health – there is a saying genetics loads the gun but diet pulls the trigger. We all have genetic predisposition for various ailments but it is mostly diet that sets your body up for those genes to be expressed.
I will start with protein as it the main focus of the typical western diet and is usually the first question people ask - there is just as much protein in legumes gram for gram than red meat - it is more bioavailable, comes with no risk to health such as the links of saturated fat and heart disease or cancer and consuming animal based foods. Plant based protein also is packaged with 10,000s of other beneficial plant nutrients, fibre & delivers the correct amount of protein to our bodies. The following nutrients are either not provided or are in very inadequate quantities in animal based foods but are in much higher quantities in plants based foods:
Beta carotene, dietary fibre, vitamin c, folate, vitamin e, iron, magnesium. Calcium is also higher in plant based foods when comparing 500 calories of animal or plant based food and does not leave an acidic residue when metabolised, therefore your body does not need to take calcium out of your bones to balance your PH as in the case when consuming animal based foods. It is a myth that we need to consume animal based foods at all and there are very strong links to consuming animal based foods and many chronic diseases for example the link between cows milk protein and the trigger of Type1 diabetes in young children is stronger than the link between smoking and lung cancer or saturated fat and heart disease. There are strong links between consuming animal based foods with other autoimmune diseases like MS, Lupus. The nutrition science is showing there are strong links between consuming animal based foods and cancer, alzheimers, diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, cataracts, kidney stones, allergies, osteoporosis, skin disorders, insomnia and more. There are no studies that have confirmed a protective effect of animal based foods. Recently there was a summary done of 144 studies that have showed a very significant protective effect of fruits and vegetables on the human body. There are 10,000`s of plant chemicals that scientists have not yet discovered that act in synergy to deliver the nutrients we need to be healthy. It is a very complex nutrient structure that nature has already sorted - we do not need to examine one microscopic aspect but to embrace the whole and we will get the right nutrients in the right amounts to live a full and healthy life in harmony with other species & with significant environmental benefits. The World Cancer Research report 1997 states "Evidence that plants based foods protect & animal based foods enhance breast cancer is now convincing, however substantial benefit requires substantial shift to plant based foods." The weight of evidence from the growing mountain of nutrition research from all over the world all points towards a whole food plant based diet to meet all of out nutrient requirements.
T. Colin Campbell (born, January 1, 1934) is a PHD Nutritional Biochemist who specializes in the effect of nutrition on long-term health. He is the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University.
Campbell has become known for his advocacy of a low-fat, whole foods, plant-based diet. He is the author of over 300 research papers on the subject, and two books, Whole (2013), and The China Study (2005, co-authored with his son), which became one of America's best-selling books about nutrition. Campbell featured in the 2011 American documentary, Forks Over Knives.
Campbell was one of the lead scientists in the 1980s of the China–Oxford–Cornell study on diet and disease, set up in 1983 by Cornell University, the University of Oxford, and the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine to explore the relationship between nutrition and cancer, heart and metabolic diseases. The study was described by The New York Times as "the Grand Prix of epidemiology."
The scientific evidence for a plant based diet simply can no longer be ignored. Cancer can be switched on/off through diet, The China Study and the lifelong research conducted by T. Colin Campbell & his team which is considered to be the "Grand Prix" of epidemiology. It is the most comprehensive study of diet and nutrition ever undertaken. Author of 300 research papers, 50 years of research into cancer & nutrition, the book "The ChinaStudy". I find it appalling that medical & health professionals still choose to ignore this compelling scientific research.
Benefits Of A Whole Foods Plant Based Diet/ Healthy Lifestyle:
- Live Longer
- Look & Feel Younger
- Have More energy
- Lose Weight
- Lower Blood Cholesterol
- Prevent, Even Reverse Heart Disease
- Lower Risk Of Prostrate, Breast & Other Cancers
- Avoid Surgery
- Preserve Eyesight In Later Years
- Decrease The Need For Pharmaceuticals
- Keep Bones Strong
- Avoid Impotence
- Avoid Stroke
- Prevent Kidney Stones
- Keep Babies From Getting Type 1 Diabetes
- Alleviate Constipation
- Lower Blood Pressure
- Avoid Alzheimers
- Beat Arthritis
- Avoid Insomnia
- Repair Skin Disorders
- And More....
Your body constantly balances your PH, if you are acidic calcium, potassium, magnesium will be dissolved from your bones & muscle to do this and causes osteoporosis & will contribute to other conditions. Those countries with the highest dairy intake ( highly acidic) also have the highest osteoporosis rates.
*4 Out Of 5 People Will Develop Cancer, Diabetes, Or Heart Disease In Australia. These Preventable Diseases Are Diet / Body PH Related*
Conditions that have been associated with acidosis:
Diabetes, Obesity, Headaches, Migraines, Bladder conditions,Kidney stones, Immune deficiency, Lack of energy, Fatigue, Acne, Dry skin, Hyperactivity, Dizziness, Panic attacks, Joint pain, Depressive tendencies, Cardiovascular damage,
Food allergies,Chemical sensitivities, Hair loss, Weak nails, Slow digestion & elimination, Yeast or fungal overgrowth, Hormonal problems, Premature ageing, Loose & painful teeth, Excess stomach acid, Lack of drive, joy & enthusiasm, Low body temperature, Insomnia, Vira & bacterial infections, Asthma, Learning disabilities, Loss of memory & concentration, Ulcers, Osteoporosis, Arthritis, Colitis, Tendonitis & more.
Everything works better in the body when its alkaline - hormones, digestion, enzymes. Being acidic can add to: joint pain, digestive discomfort, disruptive sleep, low energy, mental fog.
"I have been in horticulture & working with nature for 30 years with one of Adelaide`s largest Landscape companies, our business Summit Landscape and for the past 8 years I have been studying nutrition, sharing my knowledge through cooking classes and writing this blog as a community service to help people be healthy. I grow my own vegetables, sprouts and micro greens and have been on an alkaline plant based diet and know first hand the power of nature. My immune system has considerably strengthened, I no long suffer from insomnia, I have lost weight and my skin is glowing.
Cert. Plants Based Nutrition Cornell University, Adv.Dip. Horticulture, Botanic Gardens, Adelaide.
Chris Wake SA Life/Gardens Magazine Article
"Just living is not enough... One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower."
– Hans Christian Anderson
All Protein Powders - Animal & Plant Based Promote & Accelerate Cancer
Whey powder is a cheap by-product from cheese making & contains hormones, pesticides, herbicides, many other added chemicals, is acidic, is heated to very high temperatures and therefore De-Natured, contains 80% casein protein (dairy protein) which promotes & accelerates cancer (PHD scientist Collin Campbell, The China Study, I Highly recommend you read this book). Plant protein isolates (plant based protein shakes) also promoted cancer, enlarge the liver & kidneys according to T. Colin Campbell PHD, Nutrition Biochemist, promote & accelerate cancer and should also be avoided. Our obsession with protein is killing us. Adopt a whole food plant based diet with no added oils/fats, low in salt & sugar and regain your health.
Blocked Artery Before Photo - patient on a typical western style diet & After photo - a restored artery when on a Whole Food Plant Based Diet With No Oil - no man made drug even comes close to this effect. Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn Has completed 2 clinical trials with compelling results and the group had 49 cardiac events in the 8 years prior to the change in diet and only 1 cardiac event out of the 20 people in the 12 years after the new diet because he strayed from the diet. This clinical trial has now been done with 198 patients with the same results. Document Here
Jeff Novick Registered Dietician Explains The Lie Behind Food Labelling - products can say on the front of the label 98% fat free but when you calculate the fat per serve and work out the % of the serve it is often 35% fat per serve!
Eating foods with lower energy density is a key to weight loss and permanent health.
Despite its pure, innocent, and creamy exterior, milk has a much darker side and one that the dairy industry doesn’t want you finding out about.
Milk is much more than just a drink, it is a cultural phenomenon that can be traced back thousands of years, but despite all the research proving milk to be detrimental to both our own lives and the lives of the cows, the milk myths still ring loud and clear.
Myth 1 – You Need Cow’s Milk to Get Calcium
Like it or not, milk is not the best source of calcium. It may be hard to believe but the calcium contained in cow’s milk is barely absorbable to the human body.
Thankfully, a milk-free diet won’t leave you deprived of calcium. The most calcium-rich foodson the planet comes from plants, especially leafy greens such as kale, spinach, and broccoli.
Myth 2 – Cow’s Milk Will Give You Strong Bones
Much along the same lines as we need cow’s milk to get calcium, we are also told that cow’s milk is how we get nice, strong, and healthy bones. Unfortunately, this couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, this ridiculous myth is so dangerous that I can’t believe marketers are allowed to get away with it.
Research has proven that milk actually depletes calcium from our bones and increases fracture risk, which is why the countries with the highest rate of osteoporosis are the ones where people drink the most milk!
Myth 3 – Cow’s Milk Isn’t Cruel
No amount of cute celebrities sporting milk moustaches can hide from the ugly side of the dairy industry. Calves are taken away from their mothers within hours of being born where they are fed milk substitutes and often sold as veal calves after spending months chained at the neck unable to walk, stretch their legs, and even turn around.
Mother cows are also forced to endure needless suffering and cruelty. The stress caused by poor conditions on factory farms leads to lameness, disease, and reproductive problems rendering them useless at just 4-5 years old (their natural lifespan is 25 years) at which time they are sent to slaughter.
Myth 4 – Cows Need to be Milked
For some reason, the whole world is walking around under the illusion that cows need to be milked otherwise their udders will explode, in other words by milking them we are actually doing them a favor. This myth is a downright lie.
Cows only produce milk to feed their young. If they don’t have babies, they don’t make milk. Simple. To keep cows lactating, farmers impregnate them through artificial insemination once a year. This traumatic process is carried out by constraining cows in what is known by the industry as a “rape rack.”
Myth 5 – Cow’s Milk is for Humans
No one can dispute that cow’s milk is an excellent food source…for calves. This incredible food is essential to baby calves in their first few months of life, but once weaned they will never drink milk again, and that’s the same for every mammalian species on the planet. Which is why it makes no sense for us humans to be drinking it.
As if that’s not reason enough, cow’s milk contains an average of three times the amount of protein than human milk, contributing to a variety of illness and disease. That might be the incentive you need to help you ditch the dairy.