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The Carnitine Miracle: The Supernutrient Program That Promotes High Energy, Fat Burning, Heart Health, Brain Wellness and Longevity Paperback – February 6, 2001
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He speaks highly of the paleo diet, (I am not a fan of that diet, which I will get to in a moment). When it gets down to the facts though, he pretty much says that being a vegetarian won't keep you from adopting some of the other healthy options in his book. Likewise, in Dr. Fuhrman's books (which all lean towards vegetarianism), it is pointed out that if you can't give up your meat, you can still adopt the healthy options that he recommends. Basically both authors, (as well as numerous other authors I've read, such as Dr. Perlmutter, Dr. Wahl, etc) agree on many points. They tell you to eat LOTS of high nutrient, colorful vegetables, and eat minimal carbs, especially the empty calorie carbs. If you do eat meat, these authors pretty much agree on what types of meat to consume. If you do not eat meat, these authors pretty much agree on what supplements are needed to compensate (EPA, DHA, B-12, etc). One thing I will interject here, is that Dr. Fuhrman does not discuss carnitine, which I do believe is important.... so kudos to Robert Crayhon for writing about it! Also, all the authors pretty closely agree on what the healthy fats are. Finally, all of these books insinuate that their eating plan is what will reduce your risk of many illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, etc.
After all of the studying I have done, I do not believe that the inclusion or non-inclusion of meat is the biggest factor. I believe that the most important eating decision we can make is to include of lots of high nutrient foods, and minimal trash foods such as processed carbs, sugars, etc. And non-meat eaters should take the recommend supplements to compensate. Even the good carbs should be eaten in moderation. Most of the authors also discuss the phytic acid in many grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes and how it impairs the absorption of nutrients. Sprouting helps to neutralize the phytic acid, and releases beneficial nutrients. Personally, I soak my nuts, and I sprout my seeds & grains. My grain consumption is minimal. As far as selenium goes, it is easy for non-meat eaters to get plenty. I eat 1-2 brazil nuts per day for selenium.
I am not a 100% vegetarian, but I rarely eat meat just because I cannot stand chewing cooked muscle. I do eat egg yolks ( I have a sensitivity to the whites). I had to sigh a few times throughout this book where Mr. Crayhon makes blanket assumptions about the dietary habits of vegetarians. He insinuates that they all eat lots of carbs. In a way, I understand his assumptions, because I do know some vegetarians who eat that way. But I would have been happier if he put the word "some" before "vegetarians" when he discusses their eating habits.
As far as the paleo diet goes, I had a family friend stay with us a few months back. He and his wife had been on the paleo diet for a couple of months and he was singing it's praises. He had lost some weight, and was very happy about that. In fact. he was so excited about it that I downloaded a couple of books on the subject and learned as much as I could. It seemed very similar to what I was already doing, except of course, there was a lot more meat. I have been very dedicated to health and fitness my entire life, and so out of curiosity I wanted to give the paleo diet a shot. I am not overweight, and at 59 years old I had no health issues. I forced myself to eat meat every day. I ate only grass fed, organic meat, no hormones, antibiotics, etc. I did not grill it, or cook it to the point of charring, although it was always completely done. A couple of weeks in, I started having palpitations. Another week or so into it they increased. Finally, after more than a month of having frequent palpitations I went to the doctor, and it took less than a minute on an ekg to record several premature ventricular contractions (pvc's). The only thing I could think of that I had done differently, was that I was eating meat every day. So I went back my old 'almost vegetarian' diet and I immediately started educating myself on pvc's as well as other arrhythmias.
This is how I found Mr. Crayhon's book. I had read a lot about the benefits of magnesium, taurine, fish oils, carnitine, co-q10, and d-ribose in the treatment of arrhythmias and other heart conditions. I started using all of those things about the same time I once again reduced my meat to almost nothing, and the pvc's reduced pretty quickly. I read somewhere that Robert Crayhon lists the top three must-have arrhythmia supplements as magnesium, taurine, and fish oils. That info matched what I had already found out, and I wanted to learn more. And of course carnitine is high on the list as well, so that's pretty much why I bought this book by him.
I also bought a book about magnesium, by a different author. She discussed arrhythmias as well, and mentioned magnesium, taurine, fish oils, etc. But the interesting thing was, she discussed why a higher protein diet can sometimes cause arrhythmias!!! And my arrhythmias started after I began eating meat every day.
Bottom line, I feel that the vast majority of meat eaters could benefit by "The Carnitine Miracle". For the majority of folks I would say that this is a solid five star book. I say this, because I believe most people eat WAY too many unhealthy carbs, (not just vegetarians). On a side note here, I would like to mention that my friend who told me about the paleo diet has started to gain his weight back. Apparently the diet is too much for him to take long term and he has started binging on Krispy Creme doughnuts.
Back to my rating....for vegetarians/near vegetarians, I believe fewer stars are deserved. Although the detriment of eating too many unhealthy carbs was definitely discussed, I felt that the emphasis in this book leaned more towards the value of eating meat. And he makes blanket assumptions about all vegetarians that I felt was a little unfair. At least I do not have cravings for Krispy Crème doughnuts! The paleo diet may be great for some, but I do believe there are those of us who simply do better without so much meat.
This books is almost totally about diet, rarher than about carnitine supplementation.
Very little discussion is included about different types of carnitine and the author just recommends carnitine tartrate without really explaining what the pros and cons of the other types are. So don't buy this book if a discussion of the different carnitines is what you are after. This book isn't helpful in that area.
The diet described in the book (or a close approximation thereof) is the diet I feel the best on, and I have also experienced significant health benefits from taking carnitine daily as well. It improves my severe cardiac insufficiency (caused by M.E.) and lets me be upright a significant time longer than would be possible otherwise, for which I'm very grateful.
Carnitine may also work even better when combined with magnesium and CoQ10 (as ubiquinol), as books by metabolic cardiologist Dr S. Sinatra explain, among others. I've certainly found this to be the case myself.
This book is definitely worth a read if your library has a copy.
Jodi Bassett, The Hummingbirds' Foundation for M.E. (HFME) and Health, Healing & Hummingbirds (HHH)
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