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Disease Blaming & Shaming; Some thoughts

This post is going to be a bit out of the ordinary for me but I read a little about this concept of disease shaming and found it interesting so I thought I would share with you my thoughts about it.

When I went Vegan, my reason was for my health and as touchy and particular we Vegans can be about our health the reality is that a Vegan diet does not 100% guarantee you a life without sickness or disease. (Although it does raise the odds of living a healthier life by a huge percentage)

I learned this week about this thing called “disease shaming”. This was a new concept to me. As I thought about it, I had to admit that I have been guilty of doing this, although never out loud to a person but quietly in my mind thinking this way about a person’s health situation.

Disease shaming is the belief that if a person follows a certain Vegan diet that they are guaranteed a life of good health devoid of disease. So if a Vegan gets sick, under the weather, gets cancer or some other disease, a person thinks that it was brought on by a failure of the person to follow the vegan diet 100%, “they must have cheated” or they ate too many processed foods and therefore they are paying the price now.

Blaming and shaming the person only makes matters worse. this shaming does serve a purpose though to the person shaming the other, it’s a self-defense mechanism that keeps us from facing the truth that we are not invincible and that our diet is not the fountain of youth, that will make us live forever and that no diet can 100% guarantee good health.

So I am going to start reaching out to others in a positive manner, stop the blaming and shaming even if it’s only in my thoughts.

If you are interested in looking deeper, there is a book out called “Even Vegans Die” I have not read this book, but according to the publisher of the book, they address disease shaming and body shaming as well as other health and animal advocacy topics as they relate to Vegans. It’s a play off of Dr. Michael Greger M.D.’s book “How Not To Die” which I have read and highly recommend.

Here are comments from the books publisher’s page.

“Even Vegans Die empowers vegans and their loved ones to make the best decisions regarding their own health, their advocacy for animals, and their legacy. By addressing issues of disease shaming and body shaming, the authors present a manifesto for building a more compassionate, diverse, and effective vegan community.

Even Vegans Die celebrates the benefits of a plant-based diet while acknowledging that even vegans can get sick. You will learn how to make the healthcare decisions that are right for you, how to ensure your efforts to help animals will not end after you die, and how to provide compassionate care for yourself and for others in the face of serious illness.

This book offers practical, thoughtful, and sensitive advice on creating a will, mourning, and caregiving. Without shying away from the reality of death, Even Vegans Die offers a message that remains uplifting and hopeful for all animal advocates and all those who care about them.”

Here is a quote from Michael Greger, MD who wrote the foreword to the book.

“Even people who eat a healthy, plant-based diet, can get seriously ill. That’s why this book is needed. Carol, Patti, and Ginny teach us to live wisely while we are still here, not only by eating well but also by caring for ourselves and each other. I want to live well and, if necessary, I want to die well, too. If you do also, then start reading.”—From the foreword by Michael Greger, MD

 

Thanks for listening,

The Vegan Gourmand

 

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New Book Alert – Plum Bistro Cookbook

It seems that this month has been the month for new book release dates so here I am again sending out a new book alert, the 3rd one this month.

I am not complaining, its a great problem to have, so here you go.

If you live in or around the Seattle area and have had the pleasure of dinning at the Plum Bistro you will be excited about the publishing of their first cookbook appropriately titled “Plum: Gratifying Vegan Dishes From Seattle’s Plum Bistro” You may pre-order it from Amazon.com. I have already pre-ordered my copy. If the cookbook is half as good as their food, it is sure to be a great cookbook! Book releases April 23rd 2013

Plum Cookbook

Here is the Book Description from Amazon.com:

“Plum Bistro, Seattle’s wildly popular vegan restaurant, is known for its delicious and innovative vegan recipes using local ingredients. Sure to please both vegans and meat-eaters, this cookbook features Plum’s flavorful, comforting dishes for brunch, soups, salads, entrées, desserts, and more. This photo-filled book features 60 recipes, including Pesto Plum Pizza, Good Old-Fashioned French Toast, Barbecue Oyster-Mushroom Sliders, Fresh Blueberry Shortcake, homemade vegan pasta, and more. Bring home delicious vegan cuisine with the Plum cookbook!”

Book releases April 23rd 2013

You may pre-order it from Amazon.com

New Book Alert – Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition by T. Colin Campbell

Dr. T Colin Campbell, PHD has changed the way we think about how food affects our health with his book The China Study. And now he will be publishing his newest book, Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition. Whole picks up where the China Study left off.

(Release date May 7th 2013)

Whole

Here is the book description from Amazon.com:

“It seemed to be the eternal question: What should we eat to optimize our nutrition and our health? In 2005, T. Colin Campbell’s The China Study answered this question definitively. Backed by the most extensive study of nutrition ever conducted and bolstered by dozens of additional studies and cases, The China Study gave us a simple but powerful answer: Eat a diet based on whole, plant-based food, and dramatically reduce your risk of a broad spectrum of diseases, including heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and cancer.

Whole picks up where The China Study left off. The China Study revealed what we should eat and provided the powerful empirical support for this answer. Whole answers the question of why. Why does a whole-food, plant-based diet provide optimal nutrition? Whole demonstrates how far the scientific reductionism of the nutrition orthodoxy has gotten offtrack and reveals the elegant wonders of the true holistic workings of nutrition, from the cellular level to the operation of the entire organism. Whole is a marvelous journey through cutting-edge thinking on nutrition, led by one of the masters of the science.” 

You can pre order it now from Amazon.com

New Book Alert!! “The End Of Diabetes” By Dr. Joel Fuhrman

Book releases on December 26th!

Now available for pre-order!

end of diabetes

Amazon.com quote:

“Despite what you might have heard, diabetes is not a lifelong condition.

It does not have to shorten your life span or result in high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney failure, blindness, or other life-threatening ailments. In fact, most diabetics can get off medication and become 100 percent healthy in just a few simple steps. In The End of Diabetes, Dr. Joel Fuhrman shows how you can prevent and reverse diabetes and its related symptoms and lose weight in the process.

The End of Diabetes is a radical idea wrapped in a simple plan: Eat Better, End Diabetes. While the established medical protocol aims to control diabetes by limiting your carbohydrate intake, monitoring glucose levels, and prescribing bottomless doses of medicine, Dr. Fuhrman believes this long-standing approach to fighting diabetes is wrong—and possibly fatal.

Designed for anyone ready to enjoy a healthier and longer life, Dr. Fuhrman’s plan is based on a single formula: Your Health Future (H) = Nutrients (N) / Calories (C). Foods with a high nutrient density, according to Dr. Fuhrman, turn our bodies into the miraculous, self-healing machines they can be, which results in significant weight loss, improved health, and, ultimately, the end of diabetes and other diseases.”

  • An eating plan with menus and recipes to revive the health of all diabetics – type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes.
  • Melt away fat and reverse type 2, gestational diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease
  • Type 2 diabetics can live a long and happy life, disease-free, without drugs
  • Type 1 diabetics can use much less insulin, achieve a normal, healthy lifespan and dramatically reduce risk of complications
This book is not just for health professionals and all diabetics and pre-diabetics, but for all interested in the futility of medical care and all overweight people since they are prone to diabetes. Hundreds of diabetic individuals who have followed my dietary recommendations have achieved dramatic results. This book is important for our country, with 85 percent of our population now overweight, and 40 percent of adults with diabetes or pre-diabetes, our unhealthy eating habits will bankrupt our nation. Diabetes care costs over $200 billion per year, representing not just needless costs, but tremendous human suffering. I invite you to be one of the first to read my new book by pre-ordering it now!
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