By Dr. Bob McCauley
Steve Gruber wrote this on WJIMAM’s website : “I have always been an anti-vegetarian, anti-vegan proponent. It was very satisfying while driving home when I heard an interview on the radio with Lierre Keith, author of The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability, who spoke about how she became very ill from having a diet free of animal products. Her doctor told her she had to change her eating habits and incorporate animal based products if she wanted to be healthy again. The bottom line is you cannot get the nutrition you need to be healthy by not eating animal products. B-12, Creatine, Carnosine, DHA, and Vitamin D3 are only derived from eating animal products and are imperative for brain function. Sure you can take supplements but they do not absorb the same as getting it from the source. I am no doctor by any stretch of the imagination but I know from my doctors, friends who have experienced it for themselves and now others that are beginning to tell their story like Lierre Keith (photo left) writer, radical feminist, food activist and environmentalist, that not eating a balanced diet incorporating animal products is a path to malnutrition and an unhealthy life.”
That last sentence is . . . . quite a sentence, but what I think Steve Gruber meant is that a vegan diet is harmful to your health. Here is my response to his BLOG:
Steve, I’m sure you’re a nice guy, but you’re 100% wrong regarding your editorial about the vegetarian, vegan diet not being healthy. I’ve been a vegetarian for 34 years, a raw food vegan for 14 years. I live on a 100% plant based diet, no animal protein. I’m the author of several books on natural health, countless blogs and videos. I own the Watershed Wellness Center here in Lansing. You are yet another person in a long line who knows absolutely nothing about health; like everyone else, you haplessly listen to, and depend on, the medical establishment to know what to do to be healthy.
Unfortunately, the medical establishment knows nothing about health. They are necessary for injuries and trauma cases of all kinds, but when it comes to chronic disease and knowing what is actually healthy they’re clueless. For the record, I’m 56 years old and can run a 6 minute mile. I run 3.5 – 4 miles in 30 minutes every day. In short, I’m in great shape because I choose to be; and I perform at the level of a 25 year old strictly due to my diet. As a matter of fact, all disease comes from our diet; our genes have nothing to do with which diseases we get. That’s why family medical history is worthless except to know which foods your family has been eating is likely to give you the same diseases they have.
You stated: “B-12, Creatine, Carnosine, DHA, and Vitamin D3 are only derived from eating animal products and are imperative for brain function.” This is completely wrong! The body is capable of producing every one of the nutrients you list here except for the DHA, an essential fatty acid, which can be found in the plant world such as flax and chia seeds. Where do you think animals get fat from? Mammals and animals cannot produce fat. They get fat from the foods they eat.
By the way, the body is capable of healing itself of any disease. You simply need to stop putting the wrong things in your body and start putting the right things in your body. I’m sure you’ve never heard anything like this before, but this is the truth about health, not what anyone’s opinion of it is. I lived on your type of diet, cooked foods, animal based, for 22 years. I was a cooked food vegetarian for 18 years after that. You have not lived a single day on my diet, the raw food Vegan diet, yet you denounce it. How about Lierre Keith’s doctor? Has he ever lived on a Vegan diet? Actually, I would really like to know the name of the doctor who told her to eat meat, just for the record. Maybe the big question is: What was Lierre Keith’s diet exactly since she claimed she was a Vegan and what was her source for protein. Protein is the most misunderstood nutrient without doubt. A bull is a vegetarian, a grass grazer, and it does not eat meat. How strong is a bull? A chimpanzee, another herbivore, is four times stronger than a man.
I wanted to respond to your short manifesto on health because this is the kind of thing I constantly hear in the media and you are no exception. No offense, but your conclusions about health are full of misinformation and vague conclusions based on an interview you happen to hear. You base your entire health philosophy on an interview you heard with someone calling themselves a food activist? Really?
I stand behind every word I say above. Perhaps you can have me on your show some time and I will defend my words. It’ll give you an opportunity to either make a complete fool of me or get an education. I’ll be looking forward to that.
Bob McCauley, ND
Watershed Wellness Center