We have been educating patients on the benefits of a plant based diet at our San Francisco Financial District Chiropractic Clinic for about 15 years now. I was first introduced to a plant based diet when I was a teenager growing up in Miami, FL. It made sense to me even then. However, I did not really get with the program until I was in Chiropractic College and a professor introduced me to the McDougall Program. Dr.John McDougall, M.D. is a world renowned expert and the author of many best selling books (with his wife Mary) on plant based nutrition and lifestyle. The McDougall's also run the McDougall Health Center in Santa Rosa, CA where they offer many programs for patients that can be used to turn their lives around and recover from terminal illnesses, especially heart disease. I have referred many patients to the Health Center over the years and the results have been amazing and long lasting (this is NOT a quick fix). So, anyway I was reading this months McDougall newsletter and I noticed the headline:
When Friends Ask: Where Do You Get Your Calcium?
This has to be one of the most common questions I hear from my friends, family, and patients. It's no wonder when you consider all the money that is spent each year by the meat and dairy industries to sell us their products. Consider this... Today, the average person consumes more than 593 pounds of dairy products annually, compared to 522 pounds in 1983.But what a price to pay. There is just so much scientific data and evidence now directly linking dairy products and meat (animal protein) to many diseases and degenerative conditions. The recently published China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell is considered the most comprehensive body of research ever conducted on the relationship between diet and health. I highly recommend you read this if you are at all interested in this subject. So, where do you get your protein and calcium if you are a vegetarian ? I will let Dr. McDougall's great newsletter article educate you on this topic. My objective here is to introduce you to information that you can use to live a healthier and happier lifestyle. If you have any specific questions or concerns you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 415-392-2225. My door is always open.