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5/14/09 10:42 A

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Cleo - your story is amusing, but really discouraging. The truth was right in front of the doctor, but he closed his eyes to it. I hope your friend changed doctors after that experience. How could she rely on the judgment of somebody so biased?

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5/14/09 10:09 A

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My doctor told me that getting the vitamin D is even more important than the calcium and that what I'm eating as far as calcium goes is just fine.

My HDL is excellent and my total cholesterol is 133. Plus, my homocystein levels are good as well as my blood sugars and my A1C.

Gee. I don't suppose it has anything to do with the vegetarian diet and all that belly dancing?

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5/8/09 6:07 P

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This reminded me of a couple of years ago. A good friend of mine, who is vegan and has raised her little girl the same, took her daughter in for a check-up. After being weighed, poked, and measured in every possible way, the doctor proclaimed my friend's daughter to be "the healthiest child" he'd seen in years. He ranted about what a poor state most kids are in these days and then asked my friend what she was doing differently than everyone else. When my friend announced that they were strict vegans, the doctor was horrified. Suddenly he was demanding the daughter be given milk. He was sure she was the sickliest child he had ever seen! We laughed for the longest time about her daughter going from "perfectly healthy" to "at death's door" in the span of two minutes.

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5/8/09 1:46 P

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Congrats on having normal ranges, and thanks for sharing!

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5/8/09 12:47 P

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I should mention however (just to clarify) that I do take a multi vitamin and occasionally flax oil,etc. It's been a nice edition to my diet and helps me fulfill my daily dietary needs when I'm not watching what I eat as carefully. I think both meat eaters and veggies alike probably need a little help every once in awhile. But it's really great when you find out you have sufficient quantities of everything! Good job :)

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BMAPLES1's Photo BMAPLES1 Posts: 257
5/8/09 12:39 P

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I actually had a similar experience recently! I just got back the results from my blood test recently, and my doctor called me and said 'lay off the calcium supplements!....your levels are too high!" I found this hilarious, only b/c the big question I ALWAYS seem to get when I tell people I am vegan is 'where do you get your calcium?' I have been taking a calcium supplement for awhile now on and off, but I'm not taking it any longer. Also, before all of this happened, I met with my dietician and she also said "you really don't need to be on a supplement for calcium as a vegetarian...but if you want to take it as a precautionary thing, then go ahead." She said that meat eaters are often lower in calcium than veg's. So take that :) haha

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5/8/09 12:09 P

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Your testimonial will be very encouraging to all of those who are put in the position of questioning the dietary lifestyle they enjoy. All of my numbers were great UNTIL I fell off the "V" wagon. Now they are getting back to where they should be.!

The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That's the day we truly grow up.

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Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results.
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MISS_VIV's Photo MISS_VIV Posts: 13,384
5/8/09 11:15 A

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We do have to stay on top of our own health. Question the doctors, even the naturopaths and our own judgement from time to time. We only go this way once and it would be wonderful if we could do it without having ailments and health problems. I find supplements very deserving of some very rousing applause from my arena. They have filled many gaps.



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5/8/09 10:55 A

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Great testimonial. I am just like you are. All of my numbers are in the normal range and I have no deficiencies. I do occasionally take a supplement, but I may as well stop since I hardly ever remember to take them. I sometimes go weeks without my supplements. Itís a cost that I can really do without. Itís true for many vegetarians and vegans that we do not have health problems merely because we exclude animals from our diet.

Thanks for this added awareness.


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5/8/09 10:43 A

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Just want to shattering the myth of vegetarians suffering from deficiencies with my testimonial.

I asked for an exhautive blood test last week, and my results show that I have no deficiencies. Oddly enough I have too much Iron -but it's fine as my ferritin level is in the middle. My other levels show that I'm just an "average" normal person.

I don't take any supplements at all. I just eat more or less "healthy", having my good days and bad days like anyone else.

I'm not an unique case but I wanted to share that with those who wonder or are scared about the lack of iron or vitamins or other nutriments, and tell you that a vegetarian can be as healthy as an omnivore. I had been a bit scared myself as the social pressure, our close relations, our family can be strong on us.
So anytime a member of my family'll comment on my "unhealthy" diet, I'll show them my blood results and ask to see theirs!

Before a doctor gives you the look because of your diet, and wants you to take some unnecessary chemical pills or before prescribing to yourself pills because you think "you need them": ask for a blood test, you might be surprised (so might be your doctor).


Edited by: _VALEO_ at: 5/8/2009 (11:09)
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