Date: Mon, 4 Apr 2011 04:16:30 -0700
Subject: Pros and cons of veganism
My daughter, J……, just started a trial vegan diet and I wanted to know your philosophy on long term effects of a vegan diet. I read somewhere where they said too much of one type of food is not necessarily good. How does this apply to vegan food and how would you modify this?
I am not entirely sold on the idea of a vegan diet. I believe in consuming a moderate diet with lean meat and vegetables, however, I will support any of my family members trying an alternative food diet.
What is your philosophy on dieting and specifically, vegan diet?
A reply from Dr.Arthur Fan on 04/04/2011, 9:00AM:
Basically, the philosophy of Chinese medicine is “going along the meddle line”. Everything which goes to extreme is not so good. For the healthy issue, our philosophy is eating a balanced food, using vegetables, fruits and animal foods. Based on personal favorite, someone may eat a little bit more on specific food category. i.e. more vegetables or animal foods.
However, if the person has some weakness in his/her constitution(physical pattern), we may advice that person using special food, included in animal foods depend on people’s condition.
As a healthcare provider, Chinese medicine doctor focus on patient’s actual need to adjust food or add herbs,acupuncture,etc, the main point is letting patient’s condition back to balanced status. We don’t like to go an extreme route, which may only depend on a political sense. To some people, vegan food may be good, some not at all–depend on each person’s constitution.
Hope this reply helps.
Arthur Yin Fan, PhD, CMD, LAC.
McLean Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, PLC.
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