I'm never comfortable with statements like this. One size doesn't fit all. We all have different systems and varied nutritional needs. Some of us can't digest vegetable protein, no matter how conscientiously it may be combined, or no matter what kind of supplementation we take.
I was sick for the 6 years when I was a vegetarian---that was when I was in my early 30,s and relatively strong. Eventually I had a terrible case of the flu, and the first question my doc asked was about my diet. When I told him I was a vegetarian, he pulled out a chart about aminos and explained why certain body types needed animal protein. I went back on my omnivorous diet and viola, no more colds or flu.
This is a pretty typical breathless overreach with a built-in appeal to authority (Elizabeth Blackburn, although with no specific attribution to the study that's pseudo-cited). Blackburn is undeniably a smart person doing interesting research but has a history of cooperation with pseudoscientists like Dean Ornish, with whom for example she co-oauthored a paper about more general lifestyle interventions and their impact on health and well-being. While the paper itself sensibly cautions that more study is needed before drawing more general conclusions, which covers Blackburn's professional touche, Ornish had no problem going public with wild claims based on the research, that "aging can be reversed at the cellular level". This is a disturbing good cop / bad cop trend in nutritional research that I must decry. I understand the excitement to get potentially helpful research popularized where it can help people, but there are so many people standing in line wanting to sensationalize and engage in confirmation bias, that it ends up being a self-defeating strategy.
My actual take away from this article, in combination with others, is that radical carbohydrate intake reduction and moderate stress management can have surprisingly salubrious impact on health, in many people, and there are sound evolutionary reasons to be unsurprised by this fact. It motivates me for example to move my diet away from my beloved carbs despite how deprived it makes me subjectively feel. It does not suggest to me that something as extreme as veganism (and sorry, it IS extreme, and denies the inconvenient fact that we ARE omnivores) is how far I should take it.
No, Dean Ornish And Elizabeth Blackburn Have Not Discovered The Fountain Of Youth
"A very small pilot study offers early evidence that a program of comprehensive lifestyle changes increases telomere length. . . . It was a very small pilot study with only 10 people in the intervention group. . . .
"There is a large gap between the conclusions of the paper, which sensibly state that the study was very small and needs to be replicated in larger populations, and Ornish's statements, which promise that aging can be reversed at the cellular level, seemingly for all people at all ages. Here are a number of reasons why you should be very cautious before drinking this Kool-Aid, despite its resemblance to the elixir of youth:
"This was not a randomized trial. . . . This was a very small trial. . . . What caused the changes (if there were changes)? The Ornish program is famous for containing multiple interventions, including drastic reductions in dietary fat and sugar, significant increases in exercise , as well as yoga classes and group therapy. There is no way to know the relative importance, or lack of importance, of any of the individual components of his program. . . .
"It is far too early to know if measuring telomere length is a good way to assess the value of an intervention."
OMG another one?. Attack of the vegans aaaaaaah.
Where is my free-range holy beef broth and garlic?
Every vegan I've ever known has been guano x 1,000,000.
I've one single dear gf who is... but we keep our distance. In under TWO years she's broken both femurs and a hip at different times. Whenever I talked to her she was always in the freaking hospital. Even if I wanted to, no thanks!!!
Never forget Abram was instructed to slit the throat of his son Isaac on the altar of submission to these 3 insane carnivoric devolutionary by the genocidal alleged gawd who later drowned the entire planet for being diversity based except for the evil Noah and his shit filled ark floating zoo now CELEBRATED IN KENTUCKY south of Cincinnati
It's totally obviously our species is a nurturing frugivoric primate mammalian evolutionary success story SPOILED by a sub-cult of rape murder and bloodthirst. ...the 3 xian hebrew ABRAHAMIC violent faiths are all about REAL not just symbolic cannibalism condemning menstruation Feminism and Atheism never leaving room for freedom of choice.....animal sacrifice in Eden praising Able for murder ritual of albino lambs AND CALLING OUR VEGAN HERO evil for placing fruits grains & nuts on his altar to the alleged gawd yhwh jeehobah geebush Ghostholes