By Wayne Fulong
In our first interview with Dr Jia Xu of Physicians for Responsible Medicine, he talked about health as the body ‘self-healing’. He explained that to ensure that we can self-heal we need to remove self hurting habits such as unhealthy eating.
This week we will discuss type 2 diabetes.
GoVeg: Over the past thirty years the incidence of type 2 diabetes in China has gone from 1% of the population to almost 12%. At the same time the Chinese diet has changed greatly. Are diet and type 2 diabetes related?
Dr. Xu: Absolutely. One study in this field was the Seventh Day Adventist Study in the USA that examined, among other things, the incidence of type 2 diabetes among people following different diets.
This study found the diabetes rates among three groups- meat eaters, vegetarians and vegans- showed clear differences.
By Wayne Fulong
- Introduction and “What is Health?”
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Heart Disease and Stroke
- Autoimmune Diseases
INTERVIEW ONE: GENERAL INTRODUCTION AND PHILOSOPHY
We approached Dr Jia Xu to do a series of interviews with us about the biggest health issues facing people today in Asia. Dr. Xu is a Nutrition Program Specialist with The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). He is very well informed on what the latest research is showing in relation to health and diet.
Dr Xu, who has a PHD in Physiology, has been working for PCRM since 2010, firstly in Clinical Studies, now on the Kickstart China Program (21 Day Vegan Kickstart). He travels widely in China to educate people on the importance of a low fat plant based diet.
By Wayne Furlong
Robert Cheeke is a champion bodybuilder with a difference. Robert began bodybuilding five years after he became a vegan so all of his success was built on a diet of plants.
In many ways, Robert was an unlikely vegan. He grew up on a 20 acre farm in California where his family raised a variety of animals- cows, chickens, turkeys, ducks and even guinea pigs.
On December 8 1995 Robert, then a teenager, attended an animal rights conference at his school. At the conference he saw videos of animal experiments and factory farms. Upset by the cruelty he saw in the videos, he found himself also wondering about what really happened to his own animals when they left the family farm.
On that day Robert Cheeke became a vegan.
By: Herwin Walravens
Ingrid Newkirk is the co founder and current president of the world’s largest animal rights organization, PETA. She has written several books, including “Making Kind Choices”, “Free the Animals” (an adventure story), and “The PETA Practical Guide to Animal Rights - Simple Acts of Kindness to Help Animals in Trouble” available on the PETA website shop and on Amazon.
- You have written half a dozen books of vegan recipes and you give many talks advocating a vegan lifestyle. What is your motivation for doing this?
For me it has always been about the animals. Many years ago I read “Slaughterhouse” by Gail Eisnitz and it had a huge impact on me. The book included interviews with workers at slaughterhouses and their stories revealed not only the cruelty and torture these places inflict on animals, but also the dehumanizing effect the work has on workers. The work ate away at their natural human compassion and empathy. I came to realise the relationship between love and food. Even being a consumer requires us to turn away from compassion.
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