素食拯救生命 专题系列报道——朱迪•特姆金

安娜•佩拉伊诺(Anna Peraino)

2013年报道

【编者导读】朱迪•特姆金(Judy Temkin)被诊断为骨质减少/骨密度降低,她曾深受母亲的影响而认为以奶制品为主的饮食可以强壮骨骼,对健康极为有利。然而她的母亲却在两次连续骨折后痛苦地离开了人世。朱迪•特姆金对如何保持骨骼健康以及如何预防骨质疏松进行了详尽查阅资料后,决定坚持纯素饮食。2年后,医生说她在临床上从未见过骨密度提高得如朱迪•特姆金如此之快的病例。

在这个专题系列里,我们将分享一些鼓舞人心的故事,故事的主人翁们都以亲生经历展示了以植物为主的饮食给自己的身体健康所带来的巨大改变。

姓名:朱迪•特姆金(Judy Temkin)

诊断:骨质减少/骨密度降低(低于正常的骨矿物密度)

预后:逐渐恶化,直至转变为完全骨质疏松症

诊断时间:2009年

被诊断前,您的生活是什么样子?

我的体型属于高且偏瘦,身高5.7英寸(编者注:约为1.74米),体重129磅(编者注:约为58.5千克)。值得一提的是:我母亲是个牛奶狂热分子,饮用牛奶并且是一个所有乳制品的消费者。她笃信饮用大量牛奶有利于身体健康,特别是对骨骼有极大利益。2009年,她髋骨发生了骨折;2011年,她再次发生髋骨骨折。第二次骨折后,她很脆弱并且很悲伤。距离这次骨折8个月后,她在痛苦中离世了。而我的踝关节也严重扭伤,但没有骨折。

您是如何得到诊断的?

经历了母亲所遭遇的这一切以后,我第一次去做了骨密度检查,结果显示:骨质减少。于是我发誓绝不重蹈我母亲的覆辙。

您的医生给您的治疗方案是什么?

确切地说,她并没有给出治疗方案。她没有对我采用双磷酸盐药物治疗,因为此类药物具有一些潜在的副作用(编者注:双磷酸盐属于骨质疏松治疗药物之一)。我并不认为她对这些药物的效果具有多么大的信心。

那您又是怎么找到纯素饮食的呢?

我对骨骼健康和预防骨质疏松的方法进行了研究。食物是靠什么来维持酸碱平衡的呢?绝大部分美国人所摄入的全是过酸性饮食。实际上,过酸性饮食会导致钙从骨质中滤出以维持血液中钙离子的平衡。为了避免骨质中钙丢失,就需要进食更多的碱性食物,而最佳的碱性饮食就是健康的纯素饮食。

你从什么时候决定开始尝试的呢?

2010年夏天,当我意识到对骨骼健康以及全身健康来说:纯素饮食是最佳选择时,我就开始完全纯素饮食了。

你是怎样过渡到纯素饮食的呢?

对我来说,过渡到纯素饮食比我想象要容易得多。我担忧饮食需要彻底地转变,但是一旦我意识到我做出的选择是正确的,我就义无返顾了。

开始素食前,你每天的常规饮食是怎么样的?

每天的饮食大致如此:早餐通常是冷早餐,可能是牛奶麦片和牛奶咖啡;午餐可能是火鸡或金枪鱼三明治;晚餐有主食和蔬菜,当然是以鸡、鱼为主,偶尔改为牛肉。冰激凌是最常吃的零食。

那你现在的常规饮食又是什么呢?

如今我最喜欢的早餐是:粗切燕麦、肉桂藜麦(编者注:藜麦原产于南美洲安第斯山区,是印加土著居民的主要传统食物。联合国粮农组织认为藜麦是唯一一种单体植物即可基本满足人体基本营养需求的食物。)、奇异子(编者注:又称为纤雅种子,原是南美洲印第安人的古老食品。是一种营养丰富的天然健康食物,富含Omega-3脂肪酸。)、火麻仁、野生蓝莓和香蕉,还会加上一小杯咖啡和椰奶咖啡伴侣。午餐可能是鹰嘴豆泥包,零食可能是诸如苹果、梨等新鲜水果和诸如杏仁或开心果等坚果类。而晚餐可能是绿色蔬菜和豆类、红薯、丰盛的扁豆汤或大盘沙拉。

你什么时候去复查的?你的医生又是如何看待复查结果的呢?

我最近一次骨密度测试是几个月之前。看到我的复查结果,我的医生感到非常惊奇。她说在多年临床工作中,她从未见过像我一样骨密度提高如此之快的病例。她竟然把我带到她的办公室并询问我,对此我到底做了些什么。

现在,你感觉怎样呢?

我还要继续如此的纯素饮食,我也不会再反悔变卦了。我将我的故事献给我的母亲,也期望其他女性朋友们能够了知以植物为基础的饮食能够拯救他们的骨骼,乃至他们的生命!

还想获得更多振奋人心的故事吗?尽请继续阅读娜塔莉、马克和大卫的健康转变奇迹。

文章来源:http://vegnews.com/articles/page.do?pageId=5260&catId=5

翻译:悠悠步行者

 

Veganism Saved My Life: Judy Temkin

By Anna Peraino

2013

In this special series, we share inspiring stories of people who have witnessed extraordinary health overhauls thanks to a plant-based diet.

Name: Judy Temkin

Diagnosis: Osteopenia (lower-than-normal bone-mineral density)

Prognosis: Progressively worse until full blown osteoporosis

Year Diagnosed: 2009

What was your life like before your diagnosis?

I am tall and rather on the thin side (5’7” about 129 pounds). A bit of history: my mother was an avid milk drinker and consumer of all things dairy. She genuinely believed that by drinking these massive quantities of milk, she was doing her body, mainly her bones, good. She suffered a broken hip in 2009, another broken hip in 2011, and passed away eight months after the second broken hip very frail and sad. I had suffered a severely sprained ankle, but no broken bones.

How did you find out about your diagnosis?

After seeing what my mother went through, and after I had my first bone-density test that showed osteopenia, I vowed I would never go through what mom did.

What was your treatment plan laid out by your doctor?

She really didn’t lay one out. She did not to put me on a biphosphonate drug due to some potential side effects of the drugs. I don’t think she had much confidence in them.

How did you find out about a vegan diet?

I researched healthy bones and ways to avoid osteoporosis. What kept coming up was the alkaline-acid balance in the diet: how an overly acidic diet, which is the way most Americans eat, actually leaches calcium out of the bones to reach the balance necessary in our blood. A way to avoid this is to eat a more alkaline diet, and the best alkaline diet is a healthful vegan diet.

When did you decide to give it a try?

I switched to a full-fledged vegan diet in the summer of 2010 when I realized it was best for bone health—and really overall health.

What was it like to transition to a vegan diet?

It was easier for me than I thought. It required a complete shift in the way I think about food, but once I knew I was doing the right thing, no way did I want to turn back.

What was a normal day of eating like before you started eating vegan?

A normal day of eating would have been cold breakfast cereal with dairy milk and coffee with milk. Lunch would be a turkey or tuna sandwich, and dinner would of course would have been chicken, fish, or occasionally beef as the centerpiece with a starch and a vegetable. Ice cream was a usual treat.

What is a day of eating like now?

Steel-cut oatmeal or quinoa with cinnamon, chia seeds, hemp seeds, wild blueberries, and banana is my favorite breakfast—with my one small cup of coffee and coconut milk creamer. Lunch could be a hummus wrap, snacks could be fresh fruits such as apples or pears and nuts such as almonds or pistachios, and dinner could be greens and beans, a sweet potato, a hearty lentil soup, or a big salad.

When did you start to see results? What did your doctor think?

My last bone-density test was several months ago. My doc was amazed. She said that she had never seen a bone-density score improve as much as mine had in all of her years of practice. She actually brought me into her office to ask me what I was doing.

How are you doing today?

I continue to eat this way, and I will never turn back. I dedicate this story to my mother in the hopes that other women can learn that a plant-based diet can save their bones, and thus their lives!

Want more inspiring stories? Read about Natalie, Mark, and David’s amazing health transformations.