Advanced Plan: Protein
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Dr. Mercola's Nutrition Plan
Lesson 1: Refine your use of eggs.
This is the final phase with eggs: it's time to not cook your yolks, and use the entire egg raw. Most people object to the texture of raw eggs. If you are one of them you can consider not using the egg whites as that is the most troublesome.
Additionally if you consume raw egg whites alone, without the yolks you could develop a B vitamin deficiency (biotin). The vast majority of the nutrition of an egg is in the yolk so you would be fine if you chose not to use the whites.
If you're concerned about salmonella, please understand that this is a concern that is mainly directed at conventionally-raised eggs. A 2008 survey revealed that organic laying hen farms have a significantly lower level of Salmonella; just 4.4 percent in organic flocks and 6.5 percent in free-range flocks, compared to more than 23 percent of farms with caged hens. So your chances of contracting salmonella when using organic eggs are fairly slim.
If you do get salmonella -- a relatively benign, self-limiting illness -- it is easily treated in most people with some good bacteria (probiotics). Most people in this level have a good enough immune system to counteract salmonella, so this isn't likely to be a problem. At this time, please read my extensive article on using raw eggs.
Guidelines for selecting and locating high quality organic pastured eggs were given in the intermediate section. If you need a refresher, please see this link. How to find quality eggs
Lesson 2: Only consume raw dairy.
If you haven’t already read my article on why you want to avoid drinking pasteurized diary -- including organic pasteurized dairy -- please do so now to understand the reasoning behind this recommendation.
For most people it's very important to stop all commercial milk products. Not all people need to stop dairy, but most people seem to benefit from cutting it out of their diet. I recommend that you avoid dairy for a few weeks to see if your health symptoms improve. Avoid commercial pasteurized milk products like:
- Acidophilus milk
- Ice cream
- Lactaid milk
Also avoid non-milk products that are problematic for other reasons:
Please note that many people can tolerate raw milk (non-pasteurized), and in fact, it is a strong producer of health for many. However it's difficult to obtain, and you may need to purchase your raw dairy directly from a dairy farmer as it is illegal to sell commercially in most states. You can locate a raw milk source near you at the Campaign for Real Milk Web site. Cheese may be acceptable unless you have a severe dairy allergy. Raw milk cheeses are better and generally available in health food stores as they are legal to purchase.
Many people feel that it is not possible to obtain raw milk, but nothing is further from the truth. Every community I have lived in had this available but you have to be diligent to connect with the sources. You can also review this link for raw milk availability and restrictions by state. The Weston Price Foundation is another amazing resource to help you locate and secure raw milk. If you do run into problems buying it, you can usually legally purchase raw milk as “pet food.”
To learn more about the health benefits of raw milk and the process of raw milk production, listen to the following interview with Mark McAfee, founder of Organic Pastures, one of the largest producers of raw milk in the United States and clearly, one of the leaders in this industry.
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Lesson 3: Avoid consuming pork products -- there are better meat choices.
Pork is actually a healthy meat from a nutritional perspective, but I believe there is more than enough scientific evidence to justify the reservations or outright prohibitions in many cultures against consuming it.
Pigs are scavenger animals and will eat just about anything. Their appetite for less-than-wholesome foods makes pigs a breeding ground for potentially dangerous infections. Even cooking pork for long periods is not enough to kill many of the retroviruses and other parasites that many of them harbor.
Therefore, it would be best to avoid all ham and pork products. I can’t even safely recommend consuming pasture-raised pork, because even pastured pigs have been found to be vulnerable to Trichinella spiralis infection, due to their exposure to wild hosts that carry the disease. If for whatever reason you still want to continue buying pasture-raised pork, I’d advise you to at least take a look at the CDC map, which details areas where outbreaks have occurred, to avoid purchasing meat from a potentially unsafe location.
Other than that, I would simply recommend you avoid pork altogether, even organic pasture-raised versions. For more in-depth information about the many health hazards of pork, please see my article Are There Deadly Superbugs in Your Pork?Grass-fed beef is an excellent option, and venison and lamb are also good options since they are game animals and generally have few pesticides. Chicken and turkey are also acceptable if they are raised organic and cage free. Locally raised would be even better if you can find them.
Lesson 4: Avoid peanuts and peanut products
Peanuts are especially problematic, as they have no omega-3 and therefore distort your omega 6:3 ratio. They are also frequently contaminated with a carcinogenic mold called aflatoxin, and are one of the most pesticide-contaminated crops.