I follow Chris Bosh, the retired NBA star, on Facebook and he posted not one but two different videos of himsef grilling meat over the recent holiday. It was interesting because he did not utter a word but just showed the meat sizzling in the pan on the grill while he was flipping it…..no veggies, just meat. Man can burn , I see. Today, it came to my mind that maybe there might be a connection somehow between Mr. Bosh’s diet and his problem with clots. Today I reviewed some articles online that showed that sludge in blood is a feature of problems with clotting in the blood. Fibrinogen, a protein, for one among others was listed as being in high concentration when clotting occurs. I have yet to find any research that shows what happens if excess meat protein is consumed and whether this can lead to the sludge that we mention. It is highly possible that there is an association. Mr. Bosh with his meat video is perhaps some evidence of this. I will look for any research on veganism and stroke or clots as my next endeavor, however today, I will concentrate on the excess meat.
It is known that the body only needs around 6 to 8 ounces of protein a day for adequate body nutritional requirements. The typical American diet will have three to four times that much, or more. It is also known that protein is not usually broken down or catabolized into carbohydrates unless starvation has been in place for a few weeks. The body burns carbohydrates as energy fuel first or primarily then switches to fat reserves if carbs are not supplied. Lastly, the body switches to protein as a last resort. All fats must be converted to carbs to be utilized by both brain and muscle. Gatorade is an example of what is needed for high physical and mental exertion. Kwashiorkor is the disease where the body breaks down muscle to make carbs when the person has been deprived of other usual forms of calories. …carbs and fats. This is the last stage before death in a very sickly state just like the pot belly kids of starvation in poor countries. Their limbs and muscles are wasting away. So carbs, or fruits and veggies, are the mainstay in a healthy diet. If told protein gives you energy, you tell them you know better. There is no metabolic pathway to turn protein into energy or carbs unless you are dying from starvation with not any fat left anywhere on your body……. none. So excess protein is likely floating around in the bloodstream or deposited in tissues or elsewhere. Protein in the urine in excess is considered abnormal and no protein is excreted normally in the bowel. It is therefore highly likely that too much meat and a genetic tendency for clotting is a recipe for disease.
We will update this article further after research is done on veganism. For now, we recommend that if you have a clotting problem to not consume more than the 6 to 8 ounces of meat protein in a day. Hopefully, Mr Bosh had some veggies with that meat.
Update: I immediately did a search on the web and found several articles showing that a more vegetarian diet is indeed associated with a decrease in tendency to stroke and clots. One article cited that a total vegan diet is not as helpful but that a decrease, not elimination of meat, is the ideal. This is in line with our premise here. Personally, I only eat meat once a day in the evening. Protein is primarily used to build and repair in the body. Once your body stops growing your protein requirements go way down. Growing children require more protein in order to build bones and other body parts. Breast milk is high in protein and also calcium among other nutrients and indicates that these are needed for growing babies. Babies sleep quite a bit and this is also needed to assimilate the high proteins in the diet. Sleep is for repairing and assimilating proteins…..growth. Children can change a shoe size overnight!!! Sleep and high protein diet go hand in hand. It then follows that lack of sleep along with a high protein diet are additive in causing strokes and heart disease. A lion will lay his butt down for days after consuming prey. A deer eats carbs constantly and is prepared to run at any time of the day. A powerful oxen eats only plants. So protein is not the only means of building muscle. You have to have about four stomachs like an ox if you eat no meat however. So plant eating solely is not for humans who only have one stomach.
In conclusion, if you find that you have a tendency to clots or stroke it is wise to eat protein or meat in moderation and to also get adequate sleep!! If you want to know if you have a tendency or genetic proclivity for stroke please contact us. We will be starting our campaign to prevent strokes and heart attacks as soon as possible.
Here is an article from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)……https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5466937/