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Vegetarian Diet Not an Optimal Choice for PCOS Print E-mail
Written by emma1980   
27 September 2008

Many people are surprised to learn that I am not in favor of a vegetarian diet. There is an assumption that because I am a naturopathic physician, I am going to tell everyone to stop eating beef and learn to love tofu. Actually, I consider a life-long vegetarian diet to be inevitably nutritionally inadequate. I encourage daily consumption of clean, lean animal protein.

You can live on a vegetarian diet. You‘ll remain mostly upright, basically functioning, but eventually you will not be in optimal health. You will lack energy, feel sluggish, have hormonal derangements, foggy thinking, aches and pains, frequent infections that take forever to go away and you will be baffled, wondering why the heck you feel so lousy when you eat such a good, pure and politically correct diet!

Depending on how much you eat, and your exercise level, you may be astonished to find yourself overweight and threatened by diabetes and heart disease.

Diets with not enough animal protein to balance the carbohydrate intake are responsible for setting in motion the development of what is called Metabolic Syndrome, a cascade of chemical events in the human system that begins in childhood and over decades eventually develops into diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Some cancers are also implicated.

Along the way Metabolic Syndrome can show up in young women as irregular menses, infertility and polycystic ovary syndrome. Young men can have excessive acne and possibly mood disorders related to hormone imbalances.

It’s true that I encourage everyone to stop eating what is sometimes called “Mystery Meat”. Mystery meat is beef, pork, poultry, lamb, fish, whatever, that you do not know the origin of. A lot of us have eaten this stuff; depending on the recipe (school lunches, or hospital food, come to mind) you may not even be sure if that is beef, pork or chicken on your plate, never mind where and how it was raised.

If you are lucky enough to be able to hunt and fish for your food, or share the bounty with someone who does, you can eat wild game animals. That’s some of the best food there is. Just as good, in part because you are supporting a vital way-of-life for small farmers, ranchers and fishers, is to buy locally raised, organic feed- or grass-fed animals or wild-caught fish that are hormone and antibiotic free.

Commercially raised feedlot cows and pigs, factory farmed poultry and farmed fish plied with Purina pellets are not good food. The meat of commercially mass-produced animals is a significant source of profoundly polluting chemistry. The animal-food industry as now practiced is not good for anyone. It fills your body with harmful chemicals. It has altered the soil of the countryside in disastrous ways. It is destroying farming and fishing as a way of life for families. It is an obscene existence for the animals themselves and it provides only a tainted product of poor quality.

This is part one of a six-part series. ***Taken from

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