5 DELICIOUS DINNER RECIPES to support your weight loss: 🤍🤍chefaj.com/5-delicious-low-fat-dinner-recipes Kim Allan Williams, MD, MACC, FAHA, MASNC, FESC Dr. Williams is Chief of the Division of Cardiology at Rush University and specializes in cardiology, prevention and cardiac imaging. He has served on numerous national committees and boards including serving as the President of the American College of Cardiology, President of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Association of Black Cardiologists. He is also the founder of the Urban Cardiology Initiative in Detroit, Michigan to reduce ethnic heart care disparities, and continues community-based efforts in Chicago at Rush. His current professional focus is on preventive cardiology, specializing in synthesizing data on cardiovascular risk and mortality due to nutrition. He has become a nationally and internationally recognized speaker, including over 200 publications, online resources, movies and lectures on the topic of cardionutrition. He was recently awarded lifetime achievement recognition from ASNC as its 2018 Mario Verani Lecturer and the German Cardiac Society as its 2019 Gold Key Recipient and Keynote Lecturer. A native of Chicago’s South Side, Dr. Williams has over 30 years of experience as an educator, researcher, and physician. Thank you for watching. Love & Kale, Chef AJ
I did the cardiovascular risk calculator (one of them, not the app but website) and it says I'm like 3.2% risk of event in the next 10 years but what we don't tell the system is that we are whole food-plant based. I would venture to guess my actual risk is much lower. All of us on whole food-plant based probably have much lower than the calculator says.
I always think when I see a disease with risk or mortality rates, they don't have the information about this disease and it is likely far less disease. I know there are many diseases this is not the case like certain cancers. I know vegans have lower cancer rate reductions for stuff like colon than would be expected, but that's not nearly the same as whole food-plant based.
I sit in the Mcdougall school of thought for my particular situation that my risk for colon cancer, like his, is much, much less due to being whole food-plant based.
Thank you. Fantastic info!!
All this time later and his advice is wonderful, even with covid and the rise in omicron which requires a booster if it's a while since you've had your double vaccination. I know this is controversial and that Dr McDougall and Dr Esselstyn, for example, don't agree with vaccination but the fact is not all vegans are super healthy (say, working on weight loss) and vegans live amongst communities and families which are not vegan. In my case, I'm the only vegan I "know" and I have to care for a very elderly mother. It would be interesting to know now we're just about 2 years from the beginning of the pandemic just what the wider consensus is about vaccination. Anyway, a year on this interview is worth listening to. Thanks AJ, as always.
Edit to add: Dr. Neal Barnard supports vaccination in an interview he did with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. All these doctors have assured vegans the vaccine is not only safe but avoids the terrible treatments needed should you acquire covid and become sick: Danielle Belardo, MD., Garth Davis, MD., Mauricio Gonzalez, MD., Sondema Tarr, DPM., Angie Sadeghi, MD., Robert Ostfeld, MD., Stacy De-Lin, MD., and Avi Bitterman, MD
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Is The COVID-19 Vaccine Vegan?
Many people have raised questions about the new vaccine – about its efficacy and safety. A major question is; is the covid vaccine vegan?
by Maria Chiorando
31st December 2020Updated 4th January 2021
Is the COVID vaccine vegan?
Is the COVID vaccine vegan?
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As the coronavirus pandemic continues to rampage around the world, new hope has come in the form of vaccines . But is the COVID-19 vaccine vegan?
This is the question a group of top vegan doctors have tackled in a video (below) – answering some of the most common concerns around the new injection.
Multiple organizations have created vaccines, with the vaccine being administered in countries including the United States and UK created by pharmaceutical giant Pfizer.
According to the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), it is ‘currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus’. Patients require two doses of the vaccine, at least 21 days apart.
Priority patients include health care workers at high risk. Others include people who live or work in care homes, and some people aged 80 and over who already have a hospital appointment in the next few weeks.
But the vaccine has come under suspicion among anti-vaxxers, as well as other people who have questions about it.
These include how it has been developed so quickly and whether the vaccine is vegan as it has been tested on animals.
Vegan doctors and the COVID-19 vaccine
In a bid to address these issues, a group of highly-regarded vegan and plant-based doctors have created a video discussing some of the contentious issues around the vaccine.
Among the doctors on the video are Danielle Belardo, MD., Garth Davis, MD., Mauricio Gonzalez, MD., Sondema Tarr, DPM., Angie Sadeghi, MD., Robert Ostfeld, MD., Stacy De-Lin, MD., and Avi Bitterman, MD.
One of the issues the doctors raise is that the vaccine does not actually contain any ingredients of animal origin – however, many vegans have still raised the question of whether they should take it.
Is the COVID-19 vaccine vegan? Doctors discuss the contentious topics
According to Dr. Gonzalez, a major issue when it comes to many vegans and vaccines is the belief that vaccines are unnatural. He said: “I think that a lot of vegans distrust vaccines because they seem too sci-fi. They think this is extremely unnatural – like this is something weird and foreign.
“I would like to add that it’s actually not – it’s actually genius. It takes advantage of our natural capacities. It just enhances our natural capacity…vaccines are as natural as eating an apple.”
Dr. Sadeghi added: “I’m so glad you brought that up. A lot of my vegan friends have been saying ‘how could you promote this? This is not natural’. I would tell them that they have no idea what we have to do in the front lines.
“When you come into the ICU and you’re sick with the infection itself, you’re going to get a ton of chemicals, a ton of medications. So if you really want to stay natural, go with the vaccine. It’s the most natural thing you could do to prevent the consequences of the disease.”
Another issue the doctors addressed was the speed with which the vaccine was created – and whether this should affect its safety or efficacy.
According to Dr. Davis: “One thing people have to understand is that we’ve been doing vaccines for many many years. The science behind vaccines has shown extraordinarily low long-term effects – extraordinarily low.
“Now do we know what the long-term effects are? Obviously we don’t. We haven’t had COVID-19 for a long time. But the actual mRNA (a type of vaccine) design of the vaccine has been worked on for decades. We have had other vaccine work done for covid type coronaviruses before.
A quote from Dr Garth Davis explaining why the vaccination process is not a problem:
“What people have to understand is that this vaccine does not go into your cells, and into your DNA, and recreate the virus. It simply creates a protein that goes on the cell that’s recognized, so it goes into your body and then it’s out. That vaccine is not in you 24 hours later. It is just simply the machinery of your own cells producing the protein. Once those cells have been attacked and killed, there are no more viruses inside your body.”
Thank you Dr. William for your insightful information about covid
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Dr. Williams is a true hero on so many levels. I am grateful to hear his insights on diet and health. Like him, I was frustrated my blood lipids (and blood pressure) were high until I switched to whole food plant based eating. Dr. Williams is leading a revolution in cardiology because he knows that people can improve their cardiac health tremendously through improved eating. He is wise, insightful, and should be a guest on Colbert, Good Morning America, the Today Show, and Good Morning America. Some people are so genuine and brilliant you want everyone in the world to hear them speak. Kim Williams is that person. Thank you, Dr. Williams, for your amazing teaching ! You make me proud to be a person from Cook County! Your colleagues and residents must love working with you!
Dr Williams is brilliant! Thank you AJ for this superb interview
I listened to the talk you gave on animal protein ,sugar snd fat it was fantastic. The way you explained the harm these do to our bodies were so clear .Really enjoyed it thank you Dr.Willuams.I am a type 2 disbetic trying hard to reverse my diabetes , high Bp snd hypothyroidism on a vegan diet.
I appreciate his lack of hesitation in regard to identifying the people groups that are more at risk to having the detrimental effects of covid. I'm certainly lowering my BMI.
What a wonderful interview 😊
He is amazing! 💕
It is very surprising there is not more interest in the fact that mounting research is demonstrating lower vitamin D levels are related to more severe cases and even death of COVID-19. To understand exactly how vitamin D modified immune system and protects against COVID-19 symptoms and death I suggest the following video. youtu.be/cDnokrtWJNo youtu.be/cDnokrtWJNo
Thanks so much for this interview. Dr. Kim discussed minority populations at risk for Covid 19. Rhonda Patrick (scientist and researcher) discusses the need for Vitamin D supplementation for those who have low Vitamin D because of the melanin in their skin. Low Vitamin D levels appear to be a factor related to Covid 19: foundmyfitness.com/episodes/jre-1474?t=00h29m32s foundmyfitness.com/episodes/jre-1474?t=00h29m32s (Start video at SPbCA3sRW84&t=00h29m32s 00:29:32 for the Vitamin D segment.)
love this, awesome!
A privilege to have watched this interview. Thank you both.
I have been on a plant based no oil diet now for 3 weeks. Do you know how long it takes to cure inflammation and just become more healthy with this way of eating?
I live in Finland, I never heard of "Dairy to berry" project until now. That Finland is doing something substantial to reduce heart disease, I am not so sure. There are studies that show the detrimental effects of eating animal products, like the one in this article published by Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, that showed that 55% of Finns have cholesterol levels above recommended.
They do talk, though not very concretely about the change in the nutritional habits of the whole population, but they also talk about increasing drug prescriptions.
Obesity is also highly prevalent. "2017 study revealed that 72% of men and 63% of women over 30 years of age were at least overweight. 26% of men and 28% of women were obese. Nearly half of adults had abdominal obesity that is particularly harmful to health."
However, the Finnish Food Authority still recommends 3 glasses of dairy milk a day. They did, I think last year, include a vegan diet in their Dietary guidelines, but dairy is also still recommended to the children by the paediatricians and milk drinking is encouraged at school. (Dairy lobby is very strong in Finland) My children are literally the only ones in their school on a vegan diet (they get special meals :D)
So no, Finland is not doing so great at all
Caffeine definitely raises my blood pressure
I could listen to this all day