I recently read the book, The Vegetarian Myth, and found it fascinating. http://www.lierrekeith.com/work.htm
"In The Vegetarian Myth, Lierre Keith argues that a vegetarian diet isn’t the way to save the planet. Part memoir, part nutritional primer, and part political manifesto, The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice and Sustainability challenges everything we know about food politics." From Pegasus Bookstore
And from Blogtalkradio:
The Vegetarian Myth by Lierre Keith, a former vegan, pokes gaping holes in the moral, political, and nutritional reasons for a vegan/vegetarian lifestyle. * Learn how agriculture and its monocrops are eroding our precious topsoil, destroying ecosystems, and yes, killing animals. * Find out how our basic nutritional needs cannot be met by a meatless diet. * Listen in as Lierre details how the "vegetarians live longer" mantra is simply not true.
I like what Susan Schenck has to say about the book on Basil & Spice:
Of course this is controversial, as there are some persons on a vegan diet who claim to be perfectly healthy - so there are comments on Amazon that take issue with some of her points. I was immediately reminded of lectures I attended last weekend at the Wise Traditions Conference by Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez, MD, who uses proteolytic enzymes against cancer. His second lecture was about the autonomic nervous system and its relationship to nutrition. He related the story of a dentist named Dr. Kelley, who cured himself of pancreatic cancer using a vegetarian diet, but then nearly killed his wife with the same diet, reviving her only by adding meat to her diet. The point being that people vary greatly in their dietary needs - one diet does not fit all! If you are strongly sympathetic dominant and you take certain vitamins & minerals they will make you feel worse, but will make a parasypathic dominant person feel better.
More in this interview on Dr. Gonzalez' website:
And also here where he talks about his treatment protocol:
Dr. Mercola also talks about knowing your metabolic type
If you have persistent health problems it would be good to learn more about this.
And don't pay any attention to Quackwatch - a front for the medical industry. If you don't understand why there is so much misinformation out there you should read Trust Us, We're Experts How Industry Manipulates Science and Gambles with Your Future
by Sheldon Rampton and John Stauber
A word to the wise!