23 Aug Interview with Dr. Joel Furhman Part 2
Hi dear friends!
Remember the first part of this interview? If not, go back to my previous blog.
Previously, Dr. Furhman was mentioning that he recommends to keep animal products to the minimum and the reasons why. (Apart from the fact that food industrialization methods have decreased the quality of products, it is now proven that they also raise a hormone called HGF1 (Insuline Growth Factor 1) which increases heart rate, diabetes and rates of cancer.
CONTINUATION OF INTERVIEW
MXO: It’s interesting that you touch on this because in this country (Colombia), there is a belief that if they aren’t any meat, chicken or fish on the plate, is not a complete meal. We need to educate people about this.
Dr. Furhman: Right, when I was in high school I was taught the same, this was 30 or 40 years ago. Now I am in my sixties and we have studies that show that animal products, high in protein, drive growth hormones too high and accelerates growth that shouldn’t be growing as an adult. For example, growth of cancer. We want foods (plant foods) that don’t drive the growth hormone that high. So, we are able to obtain muscle mass but we are not going to have that extra growth hormone that will cause cancer cells.
We have been confused for years but now we have studies that have followed people for years to see the effects of plant protein vs animal protein throughout their lives and we see that those on a plant diet have less heart attacks, less strokes and less dementia.
If you really want to include animal products in your diet, I recommend to limit it to 10 ounces a week maximum. You can make delicious meals with a tiny bit of animal products just to flavor the dish.
MXO: Can you tell us more about GBOMBS?
Dr. Furhman: It means: Greens, Beans, Onions, Mushrooms, Berries and Seeds. I want people to memorize these foods because they are the ones that show more protection against cancer, it prolongs life spam if they are cooked regularly.
MXO: What is the relationship between non-nutritional foods and emotional health?
Dr. Furhman: I use research studies to wrote a book called Fast Food Genocide that documents how process foods, commercial baked food and fast foods are linked to depression in a non-dependent manner. 2 serves of these foods a week will double our risks of dementia and depression, when you go more than two serves a week, you will increase the chances. Now in the United States, 1 of 5 Americans are mentally ill, a 100 years ago, it was 1 in a hundred Americans.
And no one is talking about this. People know that these foods cause diabetes but no one is talking about the effects on the brain. It affects intelligence, behavior, creativity, emotional positivity. Unhealthy foods make you into a food addict and when you are an addict, you are driven by your desire to feed your addiction. It becomes the purpose of your life. So, everything else suffers, family life, your outlook to life, everything. People become prisoners of their own addiction.
MXO: If anyone wanted to learn more about your work, where can they find more information?
Dr. Furhman: I have built a facility to help people with food addictions, also I have written 10 books to guide and educate everyone and I see patients in my office. For those who are just starting, I would recommend the book The End of Dieting. Another great book is Eat for Health and at my website www.drfurhman.com people can ask me questions, check research studies, get recipes, and have access to a lot of information.
MXO: Excellent! Dr. Fuhrman, thank you very much for taking the time to share your knowledge with us. I am a big fan of your work and now through this interview others can also learn this valuable information.
Dr. Furhman: Terrific, best of health for you and your readers, I am so grateful for the fact that you are spreading the word in different parts of the world.
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