I have finally finished listening to the excellent presentation from Dr. Barry Groves. It is worth buying all the summit talks to listen to Dr. Groves and Paul Chek alone (see Real Food Summit). Pam Killeen, to whom I listened today, gave an excellent discussion on conquering adrenal fatigue and depression. Her presentation was a synthesis of many of the high points of some of the other presenters.
Here are a few interesting points I jotted down from Dr. Groves:
There was a five year study completed by A. Vogiatzoglou at the University of Oxford (see Journal of Neurology for the Abstract) that illustrated brain shrinkage as related to diet. “Regular” food consumers, vegetarians and vegans were included in the study, and according to Dr. Groves, the results were as follows (these results are not in the Abstract and I did not pay the $30 to receive the full report, so I am taking Dr. Groves’ interpretation on faith):
- Those who were meat-free had six times greater brain shrinkage than those who ate meat.
- Vegans experienced brain shrinkage of five percent or more every year over five years.
- The smallest brain from someone eating a diet similar to the Standard American Diet was larger than the largest brain studied from the vegan segment of the study population.
- The World Health Organization recognizes that increased healthy fat intake reduces the risk of cpronary heart disease.
Dr. Groves completed his discussion with several powerful closing thoughts, including, “Man is the planet’s only chronically sick animal.”