Bernando LaPallo, author of  “Age Less, Live More,” offers living proof that living and eating the way nature intended is rewarded with a long life. He has eaten a diet of primarily raw foods, and is more alive at age 109 than most people are in their 70′s and 80′s.

LaPallo credits his long life and good health to the advice from his father, who told him that “health should be your first priority, and in order to do that, you eat properly, and… keep your colon clean, above all.”  In order to maintain optimal colon health, “you have to eat properly – not a bunch of stirred up, boiled-to-death food,” LaPallo says.

It’s very important to realize that while the basic cornerstones of a healthful diet do not change, there are still personal differences that need to be taken into account, and the need for animal protein is one of them.  It would be dangerous to claim that this strategy would be ideal for everyone to extend their lifespan.

Natural Health experts such as Joseph Mercola (see his website: for more information) do not advocate that everyone needs to eat meat, but many who decide to become vegetarians do so without the proper understanding of their own biochemical needs, and end up ruining their health as a result.  I personally feel better eating organic beef and poultry, as do many of my clients who don’t feel as well when they give them up.

Many who decide to become vegetarians for health reasons are often encouraged by research like The China Study written by T. Colin Campbell, who is not a physician but a PhD researcher with no clinical experience. Unfortunately, there are a number of problems with the “evidence” laid out in Campbell’s work, which many ironically consider to be the gold standard of proof for the vegetarian diet…  A recent interview with Chris Masterjohn from the Weston Price Foundation, stated that last month he did a far more comprehensive analysis of some of the main points of the China Study.

He carefully reviewed all of the major references in the book and showed major inconsistencies and glaring omissions in the major premise of Campbell’s assertion in that protein causes cancer.  There will be another interview in a couple of weeks, but you can read his article on the Weston Price site.

–-You need to make that informed choice and recognize that there may be some fairly significant adverse health consequences as a result of that choice.

Linda Wolschlager, Certified Nutrition Counselor
The Nutrition Advisor, LLC
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