Meat-heavy standard U.S. diets are part of a 'constant chemical assault' on our bodies, leading to a host of health issues including 'rampant obesity', according to a leading plant-based doctor.
Dr. Michael Klaper, who describes himself as a 'classically-trained Western physician', has postgraduate training in internal medicine, surgery, anaesthesiology, and obstetrics. He has been working in general practice for around 47 years.
Million Dollar Vegan
He spoke about the impact 'meal after meal of fried animal protein, and cooked vegetable oils, and high fructose corn syrup and phosphoric acid in cola drinks' is having on our bodies in a video for Million Dollar Vegan (MDV).
MDV is an advocacy organization which encourages and supports people to sign its 31-day pledge and give a plant-based diet a go. In the past, MDV has offered to make $1,000,000 dollar charity donations if Pope Francis and Donald Trump signed the pledge.
Those who take part will be offered recipes, health and nutrition advice, and a free Vegan Starter Kit featuring meal plans, tips on where to eat out, and answers to tricky questions.
'Grim degenerative diseases'
Speaking in the video, Dr. Klaper says: "Like most of my colleagues practicing medicine in the West, when we open up the door of our waiting room, we see a large group of people with a fairly small group of grim degenerative diseases.
"Obesity is rampant and along with that, we see clogged arteries, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, a host of inflammatory diseases from inflamed colon to inflamed joints, skin diseases. These are the classic in Western medicine seen today.
"Obesity has become very common because we are not only eating tremendous amounts of calories way in excess of what our bodies require, but the particular combination of sugars and fats eaten at the same time evokes what's called oxidative priority. We burn the sugars and store the fats for later."
Fats and sugar
According to Dr. Klaper, when you eat something like ice-cream, it is fat and sugar. He says: "We burn the sugar and store the fat. When you eat a cheeseburger, you're going to burn the sugar in the white flour bun and the sugar in the ketchup and store the fat in the meat and the cheese.
"So we're eating that sugar fat combination pretty much all day, from the bacon, eggs, and toast in the morning to the burgers and fries at lunch, and to the fried chicken and the milkshake in the evening. Even the boiled salmon eaten with the grilled potatoes is that fat and sugar combination. So the vast amounts of fat and sugar is making us grossly obese.
"And it's more than just a cosmetic issue, because as fat accumulates - especially inside the abdomen - intra-abdominal fat puts out an array of molecules that sets off inflammation. They're called inflammatory cytokines and they set off inflammatory conditions all over the body. So obesity is a state of inflammation. So people can say 'well, I'm obese but I'm still healthy'. No, if you're obese, you're fighting inflammation and that sets the stage for diseases in many kinds of organs."
You can watch the full video here