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Nutrition in General

        Nutrition in General is a vast topic. 

Reasons for Non-compliance
 Anne Marie notes, from her years of experience with the elderly, that there are many reasons that Parkinson’s patients or others with major degenerative diseases would not want to follow this type of nutritional approach.  Here are some reasons that elderly people with PD would not want to follow with or would choose to reject this approach.

• Some eat and are in denial of what they eat, they are not honest.
• Some don’t want to follow a diet or to fast.
• Some don’t want to keep track of foods they eat.
• Some just don’t understand or care. 
• Some don’t have the financial ability to pay since the foods
               can be more expensive.
• Some don’t have the support group or individuals to help them with issues. 
• Some have motivation in the beginning but then become frustrated with the slow
               progress and lose their motivation.
• Some have a poor self-body image, for whatever reason.
• Some have poor self-body image because of a past history of abuse.
• Some have slight dementia and can’t remember.
• Some are developmentally disabled.
• Some have psychiatric problems.

        Thus compliance is a big issue and it is not helped with the medical community who doesn’t take nutrition seriously for most diseases.  They do cosmetic nutrition and give a few supplements or make small recommendations, most do not encourage major changes which is what is needed.

Is Compliance the biggest Problem? 

      Yes, compliance is one of the biggest problem to overcome.  The lack of the medical community acknowledging the need for nutrition changes is another major cause of not effectively using nutrition.  This goes for the Cancer patient, the Parkinson’s patient and also for the medical community.  An 80/20 to 100% raw vegan diet is a strict diet and in order for it to work you need to reach that biochemical threshold and stay up in that “raw zone” otherwise this approach really does not work, or work well.  Medical doctors, nutritionists and others come up with all kinds of reasons not to stay raw vegan because they don’t understand it or how to work with it for problems they might think or perceive to be there.  And most patients listen to their doctors on this because they themselves don’t know any better. 

     A 100% raw vegan diet might work in the long run without fasting, but most people will need to go on several long fasts (21 to 28 days) or a series of shorter 7 day fasts, along with their raw vegan diet.  Thus compliance with doing the fasting is also a problem. 

     On e-mailing a raw vegan expert Doug Graham DC (2/09) and asking if he had worked with Parkinson’s, or Alzheimer’s or MS patients he replied:  “Jim,  I have worked with a Alzheimer’s clients with excellent success and I found the same for MS.   I have only seen a few cases of Parkinson’s, to be honest.   My experience with all three of these conditions, and several others, is that compliance has been extremely difficult to obtain.  In other words, it seems that most of the people that I have met who suffer from these conditions aren’t particularly interested in food-style modification.  I actually had one guy with MS tell me, 'Doc, I will do whatever you say.  Just don’t mess with my diet.'   Best to you,  Doug"    (Doug is an expert in fasting and raw vegan, he now lives in England, but used to have a fasting clinic in Florida.)

     This lack of compliance is found across the field in degenerative diseases. 

     Robert Young, PhD, the author of The pH Miracle for Diabetes, was giving a talk to a panel of experts at a major diabetes conference of one of the National Diabetic Associations and after he finished they replied that they believed he was correct, yes his dietary approach could heal diabetes, but the problem they have with it is that his raw vegan diet is just too difficult a diet, and so they can not promote it.  An elderly lady in the crowd stood up and shouted out, “What’s more difficult to follow his diet or to stick yourself with a needle three times a day?” 

     In talking with Fred Bisci, PhD who has been a raw vegan nutritionist for 40 years, I asked him if he has worked with people with Parkinson’s.  He said he has worked with people who have Parkinson’s and other neurological diseases.  He stated, “75% of the time people do not comply and follow the dietary protocol, and some can be helped in the early stages,” he said “but in later stages when the neurons are dead it becomes very tricky, neurological diseases are very difficult to heal.”  He doesn’t just use diet but uses hyperbaric chamber (oxygen filled), infra-red therapy and oxygen therapy, for neurological diseases. 
     One day I discussed this dietary approach with a diabetic medical doctor and he replied that he thought it could work but said how would you get people to stick to that kind of diet?

     Jim Tibbetts experience with people is that you can find three types of people on this issue.  The first group doesn’t want anything to do with diet, “don’t mess with my diet!”  The second group of people are “curious about dietary change people,” they want to hear and read about these types of things, will listen and learn about them too.  But when it comes to trying them, they usually change their mind or just try it a little bit and decide they don’t want to do it.  Their curiosity has been satisfied.  The third group of people are those that are “serious about dietary change people”.  They will listen, learn, try it, then work it at to try and make it work. 

     Thus I estimate only a third of those with cancer, Parkinson’s and other degenerative diseases will follow through with a raw vegan diet and fasting approach.  How many of those will stick to it and follow through over the next year, to two years of fasting and a living foods approach?  Hard to say, maybe half.  And these who follow through will reap the rewards of remission (neuro-protection and neuro-plasticity).

     Thus realistically we’re talking 15-30% of the Parkinson’s population would be helped into remission and eventually a cure.  This 15-30% are those who are totally dedicated.  If the medical community were strongly behind it then that figure could jump to 70 to 80% or more. 

     The Dean Ornish, MD strict vegetarian diet for heart disease has been out since the early 1990’s and is nationally known.  It has been proven in several peer-reviewed journals and is mentioned in most books on heart disease.  Yet over 15 years later it is not one of the major ways people cure their heart disease, taking drugs and surgery are still the main ways even though Dean Ornish’s approach is safer, cheaper, and more effective, in a natural way!  Two main reasons, first people don’t want to change their meat-based diet to become vegetarian and second the medical community doesn’t want to promote a vegetarian diet to heal heart disease when drugs and surgery is less work and makes them more money. 

     Charlotte Gerson is the founder of the Gerson Institute after her Father Dr. Max Gerson.  He became famous for healing cancer through nutrition.  She found that a person had to stay on the Gerson diet for two years even though they could get rid of most cancers in six months.  Otherwise the cancer would come back.  One of the most difficult things she found was compliance; people did not want to follow the Gerson diet and protocol.  They usually did parts of it and then improvised and did their own thing.  And oftentimes when they did their own thing the cancer would come back and the person died. 

     Other examples could be given but hopefully you get the point, compliance is the main problem that people need to overcome, if they can not follow through on living a raw vegan dietary lifestyle with juice fasting, they will not succeed in using this approach to bring their Parkinson’s into remission.  Hey, it is not that difficult once you get into it. 

     One reason that some people often don’t want to go this route is the cost, insurance companies usually do not cover the costs and definitely not the grocery bill.  People complain about the cost of doing a raw vegan diet therapy, yes it is expensive to buy produce products.  But the costs of having Alzheimer’s bills is more expensive.  In a study, “The Economic Costs of Alzheimer’s Disease” by Joel Hay PhD, and Richard Ernst, PhD it estimates the costs to individuals and society in 1983.  The cost are much higher now but they estimated that it cost $18,517 the first year and $17,643 the second year.  The total cost of disease per patient in 1983, was $48,544 (83 years) to $493,277 (45-49 years) depending on the age.  The estimated present value of total net costs to society for all persons first diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 1983 was $27.0 - 31.2 billion. [1]  This was in 1983 so the cost are much higher today for the person with dementia types of diseases like late stage Alzheimer’s or PD. 

For Nutrition in General
Six Sigma Soul Motivations!
This diet is easy to get into as a fad, difficult to maintain after the fad wears off until it becomes a lifestyle.  You cannot build first rate health from second rate foods.  Every aspect of health and fitness improves or declines in direct relationship to the quality of the diet you eat. 
Alleluia Spirit Meditations!
“When you sit down to dine with a ruler, keep in mind who is before you; And put a knife to your throat if you have a ravenous appetite.  Do not desire his delicacies; they are deceitful food.”  Pr 23.1-3    
 “Let not my heart be drawn to what is evil, to take part in wicked deeds with men who are evildoers; let me not eat of their delicacies.”   Ps 141:4 

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