Many studies that show low sodium to be a problem are flawed meta-analysis studies that are paid for by the salt industry.People who eat less salt often do so because they are already sick(often with severe hypertension),so its easy to show a correlation between low sodium intake and health problems.
Very few will go on a low sodium diet just for prevention.They do so because of a problem.This is something to keep in mind when evaluating studies that conclude too little sodium is harmful and that low sodium diets are harmful.View Thread
If you have arthritis Dr McDougall says oils could be a bad thing....he is against all oils in general..If you follow the McDougall diet carefully it might take care of you cholesterol problem.I know it will lower blood pressure and blood glucose.
My use of walnut oil is a recent thing so I have not fully evaluated its use....before that I was on a strict McDougall diet but low sodium,3 nuts per day and one tbs of freshly ground flax seed.
Here is what Dr McDougall has to say about arthritis and oils: " My 36-years of seeing patients, along with many scientific papers , has lead me to the conclusion that a healthy low fat, vegan diet (the McDougall Diet, for example) dramatically improves and in most cases cures inflammatory arthritis. The diet consumed cannot simply be "vegan" (without animal foods). Meals must be based around unrefined starches with the addition of vegetables and fruits. Vegetable oils (olive, corn, canola, flaxseed, etc.) are strictly forbidden. When patients first start, I usually recommend that they follow the basic McDougall Diet without wheat or soy foods. (This request is made only for general health reasons because it eliminates refined flours found in breads and cereals, and processed soybeans, including fake meats and cheeses.) A gluten-free diet (no wheat, barley, or rye) is a next reasonable step for anyone not achieving rapid improvements from the basic McDougall Diet. A few people will have to follow the stricter McDougall Elimination Diet (see below). A temporary water-only fast maintained for a few days is the ultimate dietary restriction and is a final step I have resorted to for a few difficult patients. Benefits for arthritis usually begin to appear within four to seven days of strict adherence to the new diet regime. This is the amount of time required for the bowels to eliminate all of the foods previously consumed. After the remnants of unhealthy foods are emptied from the intestines, the animal-food-derived protein antigens slowly clear out of the bloodstream over the next few days. Products of inflammation, such as the antibodies attacking the body's own tissues, may persist for weeks. Complete resolution of active disease may take as long as four months; only then can the full benefits be appreciated from following the new diet therapy. Unfortunately, small indiscretions often result in big penalties. That error could be a tiny bite of cheese or a bowlful of oily vegetables. One of my patients had been free of all of her arthritis pain and swelling for four months when she ventured out to a Chinese restaurant. The food served may have been vegan, but the peapods and sprouts were drowning in peanut oil and swimming with questionable ingredients. The next day she was in my office with both knees red, hot, and swollen."View Thread
Hi Michelle,I but don't know but I don't think so.I tried it and it worked for me...it reduced my triglycerides about 30....and I just used regular walnut oil from California.Many of the plant based doctors like John McDougall,Dr Barnard,and Dr Esselstyn think all oils are harmful to our health,but Joel Fuhrman says there is no scientific evidence to suggest plant based fats are harmful.View Thread
Look at the title of the article.It mentions that its the flax seed that is responsible for inhibiting prostate cancer.
I would like to see Dr Ornish do his research again this time only using flax seed with one group and another group only following his vegan diet.This research concludes its the flax seed and it would be informative to see if Dr Ornish draws the same conclusion.View Thread