Autoimmune Thyroid Disease

An Unfortunate and Lengthy Adventure in Misdiagnosis

Happy Hippie Veggie Land

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Is it any wonder doctors despise alternative and natural approaches to health? For example this article, which “explains” kidney stones without ever mentioning oxalic acid, and recommends sufferers follow the below food therapy:

Magnesium has been shown to prevent all types of kidney stones, so I’d recommend eating more foods rich in this mineral,” says Julian Whitaker, M.D., founder and president of the Whitaker Wellness Center in Newport Beach, California. “They include pumpkin seeds, tofu, wheat germ, seafood and dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach. Kidney Stones (bad advice)

Tofu and spinach??? When I read “eat spinach to prevent kidney stones”, I laughed my ass off! These foods are full of oxalic acid, the cause of kidney stones! Where did this guy get his M.D.? Happy Hippie Veggie Land?

Indeed magnesium does help to break up oxalate crystals, but plant foods need to be eaten with a source of calcium in order to prevent oxalic acid from being absorbed into the body. Otherwise you are negating their usefulness and are in fact contributing to the problem.

I’m sure a hugely disproportionate number of so-called nutritionists are vegetarian or pescatarian. Just as psychology students go into psychology because they want to understand their own mental illnesses, and social workers go into social work to “save” people (they are disproportionately Evangelists), so nutrition students go into nutrition to prove to the world that their morally-driven idea of nutrition is correct. The entire natural health industry seems to be run by vegetarians hell-bent on pursuing their own idea of healthy eating, based not on actual evidence, but on the shaky theory that because they believe that something is “morally correct”, it is also good for one’s health.

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Written by alienrobotgirl

15 August, 2006 at 2:39 pm

Posted in Quacktitioners

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