Hallo, gentle viewers, and welcome to another edition of Healthy Living.
today’s program Dr. Francisco Verdú Vicente of Valencia, Spain, an
accomplished surgeon with a master’s degree in naturopathy, homeopathy
and acupuncture and a doctorate in science education, shares his
knowledge and insights on vegetarianism.
Dr. Verdú Vicente is
also a professor at the Universities of Valencia, Madrid, and Zaragoza
in Spain. An advocate of vegetarianism and healthy living, Dr. Verdú
Vicente stresses the importance of respect for nature and encourages
people to lead a balanced, noble life.
He begins by discussing the field of naturopathy and its view of health.Francisco:
The naturopath has been around for a long time in Spain. And a natural
doctor knows anatomy, physiology, and pathology, just as any other
doctor would, but the difference between a doctor of natural medicine
and a conventional doctor is the criteria used; that is to say, what
criteria does a naturopath use when seeing patients？
The criteria a naturopath uses will be to have a holistic, global vision of the patient.
the patient complains of an upset stomach he won’t only see the stomach
complaint he will take into account the psychological problems, their
constitution, and then there are also homeopathic treatments to
determine their constitution’s (characteristics), and what type of
psychological characteristics the patient has. Also it is very
important that the naturopath dedicates a lot of time to the patient.
Therefore the naturopath is much more interested in the patient and has a more global vision.
Dr. Verdú Vicente says that from a nutritional perspective, the
vegetarian and vegan (animal-free) diets are complete and wholesome. Francisco:
it is curious, because the children, for example, when you give them
ham, they don't really realize where it came from, whether from a pig
or that it came from an animal, right？
When they eat bologna, they think they are eating something independent of that.
They assume they only eat a piece of bologna. When they start to become conscious, then they see it as a little abnormal.
Society sadly has many traps to convince people to see it as something completely normal, when it isn’t.
you follow a vegetarian diet, there doesn’t have to be anything
lacking, not even vitamin B１２. Although many times it has been said
that a vegetarian diet, including a vegan diet, can be lacking, they
have done studies in England with vegetarian children that don’t eat
animal products of any type and they are not lacking in anything, not
even vitamin B１２.