Tuesday, March 06, 2007

What if....

....a vegan cardiologist was coming to your local vegetarian society to give a talk. What would you want to hear about?

I am revamping my talk that I've given in the past. I have some great ideas, but would love to hear yours.

Tune in March 18 at Grasshopper in Allston. I'll be speaking to the Boston Vegetarian Society.

8 comments:

herself75 said...

since you are a DR, I suggest sticking to the health benifits of a plant-based diet. specifically, why it is better for your heart. I know you are a wealth of other information, but your credability is in your credentials as an MD.

Melody said...

I think I'd be very interested in why you are vegan instead of vegetarian.. and explain all of the health benefits.. and of course, include some healthy recipes in a handout or something..!!

Veg*Triathlete said...

I second Melody's suggestion. I also wonder if you could include information that would show some specific improvements-- like a patient's cholesterol levels as a nonvegan vs. levels after one year of eating vegan. Maybe some images of a healthy vegan heart vs. an unhealthy, clogged non-vegan heart?

Anonymous said...

Greetings from a Vegan Triathlete down under :) Gotta love the Vegan Hamantashen, I'm still recovering ;-)

Great blog!

Veg-a-Nut said...

I am with melody. Health benefits and maybe debunk the many myths that float around about how unhealthy we all are. You are awesome and will shine.

Nikki said...

I can't wait for this! I'll be dragging M with me (he needs no coaxing to get to grasshopper) and I would really like him to hear about the health benefits of veganism from a real doctor. Perhaps that might push him over the edge!

Bill said...

FLAX
How critical is flax in a vegan diet to balance Omega-3 to Omega-6 ratio? And if one consumes 2 TBS (60 cals) of ground flax seed per day, every day, rather than the oil, in order to benefit from the ligands, is there any worry about the dosage of arsenic that comes with that?

CALCIUM
Getting 100% of calcium is hard to obtain unless by pill or foods that are supplemented? And are calcium pills or supplemented sources of calcium reliable sources? What is the best type of calcium pill? Any types to specifically avoid.

SOY
What about soy? That is so controversial now. Many doctors/nutritionists seem to be playing it safe by advising that soy is okay in moderation. Is that because they just don't have any real idea, so they take a middle road on that issue? Ids the risk there primarily to women, rather than men? Is soy less of an issue to vegans than it is to non-vegans?

VEGAN CR
Is vegan CR (http://calorierestriction.org) particularly risky or inadvisable? ... for instance attempting a 25% calorie reduction for a "normal" calorie intake level, such as 1500 cals vrs 2000 normally? Any generally advice about this? Note, this issue will also apply to vegans dieting to lose weight.

SUPPLEMENTS, PILLS
What are your recommendations for vitamin or mineral supplements. What about other supplements, such as DHEA, resveratrol, etc? Any strong recommendations or cautions?

VeganDoc said...

Thanks for the input! Bill, those are great questions, and I don't know that I'm able to answer all of them, but you sound like you're very educated on the topic of vegetarian diets.