Animal Foods, Heart diseases and Advanced Prostate Cancer

 

A Few Other Reasons why Animal foods tend to be Deleterious to One’s Health

Animal Cholesterol and saturated fats are not the only problems with animal foods. Another reason is associated with carnitine in meat. In this perspective, a research team at the Cleveland Clinic found  that within 24 hours of carnitine consumption (eating a sirloin steak), certain gut bacteria metabolize the carnitine to a toxic substance called trimethylamine, which then gets oxidized in the liver to TMAO (trimethylamine-n-oxide), which then circulates throughout our bloodstream. (Source)

The mechanism behind this TMAO process is the  buildup of cholesterol in the inflammatory cells in the atherosclerotic plaques in our arteries, that which increases the risk of heart attack, stroke and death. (Source)

The evidence that supports this assertion came from an experimentation where the researchers wiped out gut bacteria in humans and fed them all of the steak they wanted. No TMAO was produced. And when they waited a few weeks for the gut bacteria to replenish and fed these humans meat, the TMAO was produced. (ibid.). Moreover, the more omnivore ate meat, the more they fed these TMAO producing bacteria. When a human gut has been predominantly vegan with lots of plant-based fibers, that human has a gut rich in short fatty chain producing fiber-loving intestinal bacteria that does not produce TMAO, even when on rare occasions the vegan may slip and consume some Mediterranean dishes. (Ibid).

Furthermore,  meat is not the only TMAO source,  all sources of high choline is also a problem.   In this perspective, eggs, milk, liver,  poultry, shell fish, and fish are high in  choline, thus the gut bacteria also converts choline into  TMAO production(Source)  Given the similarity in structure between carnitine and choline, these gut bacteria react against the choline like they do against the carnitine.  (Source)  

Another issue is the causal relationship between choline and advanced prostate cancer. In one study, it was found that those who ate the most choline-rich foods like eggs  had a 70% increased risk of lethal prostate cancer. (Source A) & (Source B)  Other studies found that men who consumed two and a half or more eggs per week had an 81% increased risk of lethal prostate cancer(Source). Animal cholesterol also potentiates the choline, as both substances are inflammatory and deleterious to one’s human health. 

I’m talking about another problem, cancer, because a choline-fed cancer is also a cardiovascular issue, as both radiation and chemotherapy weaken the heart. For example,  it’s well known that the chemo Adryamicin damages the integrity of the heart making the patient much more prone to cardiovascular diseases and heart attacks.

In addition to animal cholesterol, animal saturated fats, endotoxins, hormones, antibiotics and, inter alia, MTOA (from carnitine and choline), there is also the issue of parasites and cancer like leukemia in animal foods. Yes, lots of leukemia in American cows. Let’s just take lamb chops,  eaten and promoted by many misguided “health gurus” like Dr Mercola, Dr Hymans and other medical doctors whose purported nutritional schpeel is suppose to be evidence-based. The prevalence of the parasite Toxoplasma in lamb is high. Around  1 in 6 of U.S. lambs are actively infected. This means that about 10% of Americans are currently infected with this brain parasite. (Source)

Now if the parasite was just behaving within the skull, that may be ok. But the research has shown a direct causal connection between these Toxoplasma brain parasites and schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and Parkinson’s. When the immune system start to seriously slip, though, these parasites can also infect our eyeballs. (Source). As for Alzheimer’s disease, if the borella bacteria from Lyme disease can promote Alzheimers, what about lamb parasites ? I’ll research this topic in the mental disorder study the Institute is preparing.

I’ve invoked some of these deleterious effects coming from the digestion of our animal cousins (most are mammals like humans with a common ancestor) because the subject of this report is cardiovascular and brain health, both of which are weakened  with additional complications and diseases when animal foods are consumed.

As the evidence shows, we are not designed to eat our animal mammal cousins. A dog can eat a ton of meat and all of that extra cholesterol will just go down as poop. Likewise with a fox, the fox can sneak in a chicken coop and make himself a huge omelette and all of that choline will not produce arterial clogging. For humans, animal choline, animal cholesterol and animal saturated fats damage the endothelial structure of the vasculature, that which leads to plaque formation and atherosclerosis. Difficult to explain this to most people who are emotionally and physically addicted to these foods.

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See also MTOR

 

A Few Other Reasons why Animal foods tend to be Deleterious to One’s Health

Animal Cholesterol and saturated fats are not the only problems with animal foods. Another reason is associated with carnitine in meat. In this perspective, a research team at the Cleveland Clinic found  that within 24 hours of carnitine consumption (eating a sirloin steak, but also taking a carnitine supplement), certain gut bacteria metabolize the carnitine to a toxic substance called trimethylamine, which then gets oxidized in the liver to TMAO (trimethylamine-n-oxide), which then circulates throughout our bloodstream, which then feeds to plaque, which tend leads to clot, which then leads to heart attacks etc. The mechanism behind this process is the  buildup of cholesterol in the inflammatory cells in the atherosclerotic plaques in our arteries, that which increases the risk of heart attack, stroke and death.

The way we know it’s the gut bacteria that’s doing it, is that if you give people antibiotics to wipe out gut bacteria, you can apparently eat all the steak you want without making any TMAO. But then, if you wait a couple weeks, until your gut bacteria grows back, you’re back to the same problem. 

Gut bacteria can turn choline into TMAO, too! Given the similarity in structure between carnitine and choline, they figured that the same kind of transformation would occur into TMAO. And, that’s exactly what they found.

“Eggs, milk, liver, red meat, poultry, shell fish, and fish,…[all] believed to be major dietary sources of choline, and, hence TMAO production.” So it’s not just red meat.

Unlike carnitine, we do need to take in some choline, so should vegans be worried about the choline they’re getting from beans, veggies, grains, and fruit? And, same question with carnitine. There’s a small amount of carnitine found in fruits, veggies, and grains, as well. Of course, it’s not the carnitine itself we’re worried about, but the toxic TMAO, and you can feed a vegan a steak—literally, an eight-ounce sirloin (anything in the name of science). Same whopping carnitine load, but, essentially no TMAO was produced.

Apparently, the vegans don’t develop those TMAO-producing bacteria in their gut. And, why should they? It’s like the whole prebiotic story. You eat a lot of fiber, and you select for fiber-consuming bacteria.  And, some of the compounds they make with fiber are beneficial, like the propionate I’ve talked about, that appears to have an anti-obesity effect.

So, eat fiber; select for fiber-eating bacteria.

Well, if we eat a lot of animal products, we may instead be selecting for animal product-digesting bacteria, and it appears some of those waste products, like the trimethylamine, may be harmful.

Even if you eat vegan, though, you’re not necessarily out of the woods. If you regularly drink carnitine-containing energy drinks, or take carnitine supplements, or lecithin supplements, which contain choline, presumably you’d foster and maintain those same kinds of TMAO-producing bacteria in your gut, and increase your risk of heart disease and, perhaps, cancer.

About two million men in the U.S. are living with prostate cancer, but that’s better than dying from prostate cancer. Catch it when it’s localized, and your five-year survival is practically guaranteed. But, once it really starts spreading, your chances drop to about one in three.

“Thus, identification of modifiable factors that affect the progression of prostate cancer is [something that deserves study].” So, researchers at Harvard took more than a thousand men with early stage prostate cancer, and followed them for a couple years to see if there was anything in their diet associated with a resurgence of the cancer, such as a spread to the bone.

Compared to men who hardly ate any eggs, men who ate even less than a single egg a day had “a significant 2-fold increased risk of prostate cancer progression.” And, maybe it’s the choline.

“A plausible mechanism that may explain [the]…association between eggs and prostate cancer progression is high dietary choline.” Egg consumption is a determinant of how much choline you have in your blood, and higher blood choline has been associated with “a greater risk” of getting prostate cancer in the first place. So, the choline in eggs may both increase one’s risk of getting it, and then, having it spread, and, also, having it kill you.

“Choline intake and [the] risk of lethal prostate cancer.” Choline consumption is associated not just with getting cancer, and spreading cancer, but also with a significantly increased risk of dying from it. Those who ate the most “had a 70% increased risk of lethal prostate cancer.”

Another recent study found that men who consumed two and a half or more eggs per week—that’s just like one egg every three days—”had an 81% increased risk of lethal prostate cancer.” Now, it could just be the cholesterol in eggs that’s increasing fatal cancer risk, but it could also be that choline.

Maybe that’s why meat, milk, and eggs have all been associated with advanced prostate cancer, because of the choline. In fact, choline is so concentrated in cancer cells, if you follow choline uptake in the body, you can track the spread of cancer throughout your body.

But why may dietary choline increase the risk of lethal prostate cancer? It may be the TMAO, the trimethylamine oxide. The Harvard researchers speculated that the TMAO from the “high dietary choline [intake] may increase inflammation, and this may promote progression of prostate cancer to lethal disease.”

In fact, just yesterday, in the New England Journal of Medicine, that same Cleveland Clinic research team that did the carnitine study repeated the study. But, this time, instead of feeding people a steak, they fed people some hard-boiled eggs. And, just as they suspected, a similar spike in that toxic TMAO. So, it’s not just the red meat. And the link between TMAO levels in the blood and strokes, heart attacks, and death was seen even in low-risk groups like those with low-risk cholesterol levels. So, eating eggs may increase our risk regardless what our cholesterol is, because of the choline. 

It’s ironic that the choline content of eggs is something the egg industry actually boasts about. And, the industry is aware of the cancer data. Through the Freedom of Information Act, I was able to get my hands on an email from the executive director of the industry’s Egg Nutrition Center to an American Egg Board executive talking about how choline may be a culprit in promoting cancer progression: “Certainly worth keeping in mind as we continue to promote choline as another good reason to consume eggs.”

 

 

 

 

Professor Joubert teaches in different parts of the world how to extend a healthy Lifespan to 120 years and beyond. Working on a Documentary and book that redefines Medicine in light of new discoveries, ancient wisdoms, innovative research and holistic science, he can be nonetheless available to coach patients back to homeostasis, wellbeing & Joie de Vivre. On occasion, Pr. Joubert can also coach health professionals to better protect their holistic practice when they must deviate from outdated and irrational mainstream “standards of care”. See links on “Contact” and “Mission” (under the “About” link) for details.

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