Dieting: some dangers
No Salt, no Fat, no Meat, ...no Food!
Salt-free diets require iodine supplements.
Otherwise, we'd all walk around with goiters.
Fat-free means we would become deficient in the essential fatty acid (EFA) linoleic acid which drastically cuts down risks of strokes. Better use a little sunflower seed or corn oil in cooking.
Another fatty acid in soya oil is also essential to stabilizing heart rhythmicity.
Omega-3 fatty acids best found in such fishes as salmon, herring, blue fish. . . reduces heart attacks. In addition, olive oil, flax oil, and canola oil have all demonstrated health benefits.
No meat can mean iron deficiency anemia. The vegetarians claim it possible to have all essential nutrients just on vegetables alone. However, when it comes to nutrients such as iron, it would take many more volumes of vegetables to make possible the absorption of a same amount of iron as could be supplied by meat or eggs. So, unless you are eating like the pandas, you might very well become anemic. First take a blood test and then an iron pill if indicated.
Yes, they found in the lab that mice fed only 1/3 of the normal amounts of food lived longer. But, we are not mice. Our larger body size requires sufficient intake of various nutrients to maintain a healthy metabolism and physiological activities including bowel movements. Otherwise, we might become hypoproteinemic, anemic which have serious and then fatal consequences (e.g., cardiomegaly-- heart enlargement due to excessive pumping to keep up with oxygen supply to various tissues and cells).
In addition, an applicable principle to all other types of extrapolating animal results to clinical application is this: There is a distinct and decisive life span difference between mice and man. When many serious effects can manifest only over a longer period of time, experimental animals living shorter than that would not exhibits them. Hence, although mice on lower food intake lived longer, still none of them could ever reach the 70 or 80 years man could. As a result, what benefited mice may be harmful to man. Whatever harmful effects that were already developing in the starving mice at the same time as prolonging their lives would have developed into anemia, or later, heart failure in man. But, heart failure would still have had no time to manifest yet in the short-lived mice. That's why what may seem to be beneficial to mice may be in the long run harmful to people, not vice versa--- If already harmful to mice in such a short period of time, it would be much more serious to man over a longer period of time.
Hence, don't take "no salt, no fat, no meat, ...no food" to the extreme. Avoid iodine-deficient hypothyroidism (with goiters!),* iron-deficient anemia,* EFA-deficient strokes, omega-3 fatty acid-deficient heart attacks, and food-deficient death by starvation!
*If not hypertensive, still don't use any salt in cooking. At the dinner table, just add a little iodized salt from salt-shakers directly onto the cooked food. (15/11/2002) Alternatively, two omega-3 eggs per day might do the trick. But this is so with just some, not all, types of the newer omega-3 eggs. It might take about 6 [per day] of these other types to do it. That's far too many eggs whose yolks are high in cholesterol. Even these new omega-3 eggs cannot be entertained.(4 & 6/1/2003)
**Both hypoproteinemia and anemia can
cause hair loss and early balding. Why? Because anemia reduces
the body's oxygen transport thus reducing O2 supply to the hair
which then more readily falls off. IN hypoproteinemia, inadequate
amino acid and protein concentration in the blood makes it difficult
for hair to grow---Hair is protein.
Beware of water intoxication.
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