Vancouver naturopath Sanja Tamburic advocates paleolithic diet—and says few in her field are vegan
The headline on the Gawker site will probably bring a smile to many carnivores and omnivores: "Finally, A Place Where Vegans Won’t Inconvenience Everybody: Mars".
If that's not enough to offend local vegans, writer Caity Weaver starts her article with this line: "For years, the only thing keeping Earth from jettisoning all of its vegan inhabitants into outer space has been vegans' persistent whine, 'I can't go there. They don't have anything vegan.' "
It looks like NASA is trying to solve this problem by creating an entirely vegan menu for the first proposed human-occupied rocket trip to Mars, which is expected in around 20 years.
But not everyone is impressed with the vegan diet. I recently interviewed Sanja Tamburic, a naturopath at the Cornerstone Health Centre on West 4th Avenue in Vancouver.
We talked about vitamin D. She's a huge fan, of course, because it's been proven to reduce the risk of cancer.
Tamburic also likes vitamin C—to the point of taking it intravenously.
Then I asked if she's a vegan.
Tamburic looked at me with surprise and said it's a common misconception that naturopaths don't eat meat.
"In my class, there were only two people who were vegan," she said. "They were all converted by the end of their studies."
She added that she believes meat is healthy and she advocates a "paleolithic diet" like that of our ancestors.
This includes vegetables, lean meats, beans, and grains, though not in such huge amounts that it will create "sugar bounces" from all those carbs.
Tamburic attended medical school in Sarajevo, but decided to become a naturopath after becoming interested in macrobiotics. She said that she's not the only person who was on the allopathic route before embracing holistic medicine.
"It's a much harder way than going the regular, conventional way in terms of the business," she acknowledged before adding that she has no regrets about her choice.
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