There have been suggestions that Barbie and I should record some of our memories of life in our past. However important this might be, to me it is not as important as doing all I can to persuade my children, their partners and their children to follow a vegan life style.
One member of the family recently dismissed the notion that eating plant based food is sufficient to stop the incursion of non-communicable chronic diseases (NCD), control the development of those that have already become established and in many cases reverse the damage already done by them.
In the absence of a lecture hall where I might be able to subject my nearest and dearest to sit quietly to hear my reports on the facts that have been established, I am resorting to this document for all to read.
Recent research, of a relatively trite nature, has established that on a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 indicates an almost wrinkle-free face of a middle aged woman and 10 a severely wrinkled face, a large number of photographs were judged by objective viewers. Those living a vegan life style scored an average of around 3 and those who ate animal origin food scored around 8. Subsequent work established that the vegan’s skin was receiving up to 20% more oxygen than the meat eaters.
These results support in a simple way the reason why so many good health aspects occur with veganism. One well established explanation is the value of healthy endophilia.
Our approximately 100,000 kilometres of blood vessels, arteries, veins and capillaries, are all lined with a single cell coating known as endophilia. These cells carry out at least two important functions. The first is to manufacture nitro-glycerine, which is the substance required for blood vessels to easily contract and dilate, allowing maximum blood flow to all parts of the body. The second is to provide a Teflon-like coating to again allow maximum blood flow.
There is ample proof that an immediate effect on endophilia, after eating meat or most processed food, is the cessation of nitro-glycerine production. This negative effect lasts for up to 6 hours, meaning that 3 improper meals a day gives the body little chance of getting good oxygen supply to every one of its trillions of cells and so depriving them of health and strength to withstand the depredations of life.
There is also well established proof that the same meals cause endophilia to break away from the blood vessel walls and tumble into the blood stream. These walls lose their Teflon-like surface, blood flow is restricted and the released endophilia are inclined to group together to form mini clots which in turn knock other endophilia off the wall.
Recent work has shown some more devastating problems for the endophilia. It is now well established that we all have a “leaky gut”; this is the term used for any situation when a whole protein cell passes through the gut wall and into the blood stream. When this occurs our body’s defence is to encourage the few white blood cells, held in reserve for the situation, to multiply rapidly and seek out and destroy the alien protein. The problem for us all is that frequently, when the alien protein is of animal origin, the destruction can get out of control and cells within our body, that look very similar to the alien can start to become destroyed. The severity of the on-going damage is dependent on the speed with which the body can bring the marauding white blood cells under control and this is dependent on the severity of the gut leak. In many cases the damage done can become irreparable, setting up one or more of the legion of NCD that can afflict us and which are known, euphemistically, as auto immune diseases.
There are sufficient research results to satisfy me that most NCD damage can be halted in their tracks and many, including heart and vascular damage, cancers, arthritis, diabetes, dementia, can be reversed, once ingestion food of animal origin stops. Others such as thyroid damage cannot be reversed and pills seem to be almost obligatory. The constant worry is what other damaged organs are under attack and how will we deal with each one that presents itself.
Unfortunately for meat eaters, the damage is insidious, the results in our community are seen as inevitable and the promise of a pharmaceutical cure falsely alluring. The other unhappy fact is that to avoid and reverse NCD all food of animal origin and most processed foods must be completely avoided.
Very recent research has thrown up some further interesting aspects of cancer development. The process is complex and I am still getting my head around it, but I will outline what I understand so far. Another auto immune effect is that the body’s fight to ward off the threat of damage by alien proteins is to coat every cell with a protective membrane. It appears it is this reaction which is the cause of endophilia letting go of the blood vessel linings. It also appears that the clotting effect of loose endophilia is exacerbated by these getting mixed up with the bundles of white blood cells dealing with alien proteins. However the worst of the story is that cancerous cells have an ability to make the most of an auto immune situation, caused by gut leak of an alien animal protein, and trick the body into prioritising blood supply to cancer cells. Eliminating alien animal proteins from our blood will allow our own body, over time, to deal with the problem.
Thus my original thoughts of dealing with a lack of warfarin, by giving my blood vessels every opportunity to work more efficiently, has now been overtaken by fears that any self-indulgence in eating inappropriate food is letting my aging body down in the way it deals with the meat eating problems I have subjected it to.
I am convinced that the initiation of all NCD is self-inflicted and that we have it within ourselves to halt and repair the damage, at no cost to us or the health industry and with a guarantee of the better life. Multiple studies have shown an average of over 10 years longer life for vegans compared to meat eaters and while the cynics say that life without meat seems longer, I can vouch that my life has improved immeasurably in health and confidence since I have gone vegan.