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August 9, 2020

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Susan HarperDecember 14, 2016

How many mg of B12 and IU of Vitamin D do you recommend? Thanking you for your kind and committed attention and wonderful teachings!

Betty PMay 23, 2015

Hi Jane, it's been a few years since we last chatted. I'm one of those people who adopted a vegetarian lifestyle and it was a very, very bad choice for me. It made me very ill, and I became diabetic because it spiked my blood sugars. Not only that, but what I didn't know was that I carried the gene for Celiac disease. I inherited it from my mother. The more grains I ate, the sicker I became. I did not have digestive issues at all. Instead, I started getting a lot of cavities, my thyroid went bad, my eyesight went from perfect to needing glasses, and I developed asthma. I was in so much pain I could hardly walk up a few stairs. A very smart and inspired doctor decided to test me for Celiac disease on a whim, and the numbers were sky high. No doubt I had it. Celiac disease is very, very dangerous to have if you don't eat the right diet. It has been around for centuries (archaeology digs have proven it), and for some reason, in the last 50 years, it has increased four-fold. Many people carry the gene, but researchers only have theories as to what actually triggers the disease. SO...I could go on forever, but I learned the hard way that a plant based diet is not good for everyone. More and more are becoming aware that the health issues they are experiencing comes from eating a diet without good, healthy fats and meat to help balance out blood sugars. Throughout time, people have eaten meat, including the Nephites (they followed the Law of Moses), the Savior, and our Latter-day Prophets. I do not advocate a high protein diet, but hey, good health for many people is not a plant-based diet.

PeteFebruary 20, 2015

dream come true - The federal committee responsible for nutrition guidelines is calling for the adoption of “plant-based” diets, taxes on dessert, trained obesity “interventionists” at worksites, and electronic monitoring of how long Americans sit in front of the television.

James SimmonsFebruary 18, 2015

Carnivorous dietary traditions of our fathers sets the basis for how many LDS interpret the Word of Wisdom. Too often, until we enter into our own deserts of life (diet-induced health issues), we remain content in our oasis's of unbelief, and do not hunger and thirst after further light and knowledge regarding the Lord's law of health. Hence, we cannot see the treasures of knowledge that are hidden beyond our veils of unbelief. Even when logic, science, scripture, and the words of modern prophets support a whole-foods, plant-based diet, we choose captivity and destruction born of false appetites, we dig early graves with our teeth, and we fail to humble ourselves before God and to come to know his perfect mind and heart on the subject. Unfortunately for me, I know this to be true by personal experience, as I have suffered much because it took me too long to see beyond my veil of carnivorous traditions.

Jane BirchFebruary 17, 2015

Thanks, Joseph, for sharing your thoughts. I appreciate the opportunity to elaborate. Abstaining from meat except in times of need is not a commandment, but it is the wisdom the Lord shares with us in D&C 89. Several prophets have tried to follow this counsel in their own lives (see, but we are each free to decide how to interpret this counsel for ourselves. The idea that “cold” appears in D&C 89:13 because the early Saints didn't have refrigeration is a popular idea, but it fails to stand up to serious scrutiny. People have known for thousands of years how to eat meat safely when it is not cold (see You are definitely right that many large mammals have to spend a lot of time eating to get sufficient calories, but God provided a perfect source of more calorie-dense foods for humans: grains! God ordained grains to be the “staff of life.” Grains are perfect for providing us all the calories we need, and can be safely stored for long-term use. As the experts tell us, there is no need to eat meat to enjoy a perfectly healthy diet. And of course, abstaining from meat when there is no need is “pleasing” to God. Again, it is not a commandment, but something we may choose to do if we would like those particular blessings. I hope you’ll consider giving this path a try and seeing how it goes for you!

Joseph P GayanFebruary 17, 2015

Be careful about twisting your preferred interpretation of things as though they are gospel truth. Follow the prophets. Are they all vegetarians? No. Ask yourself why "cold" is in there rather than just famine. Could it be because in the 1800's there was no means of refrigerating meat? God is pleased when we don't waste the gifts he has given us, both physical and temporal. In the 1800's if someone slaughtered a cow they either had to have a gluttonous party with it, let it go to waste, or give a lot of it away. Binge eating meat or wasting meat is the problem, not eating meat as part of a balanced diet. As for the elephant comparison, herbivores have the luxury of spending all day eating without any other obligations. Meats allow us to pack a whole bunch of nutrients into a very dense and easily consumed/carried package. Just some "food for thought".

Jane BirchFebruary 17, 2015

Thanks for sharing that awesome story, Steve. So glad to hear your wife is doing so well! LU: You ask a great question about wheat. There are some people who do not do well on wheat, but they are a very small percentage of the population. Most people do very well on wheat! I’ve written extensively on this topic, if you’d like to do more study:

LuFebruary 17, 2015

What about wheat? It seems that many people can't tolerate wheat anymore and many diets eliminate wheat. The Lord said "nevertheless wheat for man". Is it because wheat is grown and processed differently now?

Steve BFebruary 17, 2015

My wife started a whole food plant based diet in 2009 after our 3rd child was born. She was 45 lbs overweight, had chronic fatigue, and had been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at age 26. She put this diet to the test for 30 days, immediately felt better, and is now the model of health. She has traded out gluten (oats and wheat) for a little more meat, but we only eat meat once or twice a week (and it's winter so, we're compliant!! :) ). This lifestyle is wonderful. Combine it with excellent supplementation and the herbs the Lord talks about using in the WofW and one can be so healthy and not have to rely on a broken medical system to be healthy. Have the courage to do this and buck against social and societal pressures. You'll find more friends in the process. Promise!



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