My grandmother in my father side was a pure vegetarian. She believed in Buddhism. She only ate vegetable, nothing related to animals. I still remember she cooked her food in a special wok. Nothing else was cooked but her food.
She lived in time when China was in very bad condition. Anyway, she lived to 75 years old and managed to take care of herself.
At the age of 75, one of her sons fought with somebody. She was so worried and went to see him on foot. She had walked more than two hours. Then after sleeping, she lost her consciousness the next day. A week later, she passed away. Before that, she was totally okay, physically and mentally.
From today’s nutrition’s perspective, she did not have enough nutrition in her diet at all, but her health was great, how could you explain it?
My father was vegetarian as well but he was not Buddhism. When being small, he had impetigo. This problem was getting worse and worse. Local Chinese doctor could not help him. Eventually, my grandmother took him to a temple. A monk suggested that my father should eat vegetable only. His impetigo was gone soon after he began to eat only vegetable. Since then he became a vegetarian. Like my grandmother, he only ate vegetable, nothing related to animals.
At the age of 74, he had an argument with my first brother and then went home by bike in noon while temperature was 38 degree and it was very dry summer. As soon as being home, he laid down instantly. When waking up, he could not move his right part of body any more. So he was taken to my third brother’s clinic at once to have some treatment. By that time, my sister was with my third brother to have some treatment as well based on her poor health.
My third brother said my father’s blood vessel was so soft, nearly as good as young people under 25 years old while my sister’s blood vessel was so hard. She had so called absolute good nutrition in her diet than my father’s, what an ironic consequence it is!
My father did get better and he could feel his right part of body and he could move his right part of body as well. The problem is that he began to feel his right part of body cold all the time since the stroke. My third brother gave him a lot of advanced conventional medicine to help his blocked blood vessel to get through, it just did not work. Even in hot summer, he felt his half body cold.
This problem had lasted for one or two years. Later, my nephew’s uncle knew some Chinese medicine and suggested my father to have a certain ready made Chinese medicine. This herb ready made medicine is supposed to help stomach system to function better. After two months having this medicine, my father’s half body coldness feeling was gone eventually.
At age of 86 years old, my father passed away. He had stayed in bed just 11 days before he died. Only once, my first brother had to help him to go to toilet. Otherwise he himself managed to do. And he was not found anything wrong with him through the modern technology equipment. He was a vegetarian all his life. The idea of nutrition seems weak.
When my daughter was small( before she was 1 year old), she did not eat well. I took her to family doctor and told doctor that she did not eat well. Doctor asked me to give her some children vitamins, two drops a day. I just gave one drop a day.
Later, we went back to China in a summer. It was very hot; she did not eat much, even worse than she was in Australian. In this case, I thought I should give her vitamins two drops a day to keep her nutrition level. So I did. The following day, she had a blood nose. It was the first time that she had blood nose. I had no idea what caused this blood nose, just thought that she lost a lot of blood, I still need to give her two drops of vitamins. So I did. On the same day, she got blood nose again, and it took some time to stop the blood coming.
Why suddenly she had so much blood from her nose. I looked back at what I did to her. There was nothing special for food and there was not much difference from her normal daily activities either.
To a sudden; I thought of the vitamins I gave her. That was the only thing I did to her so differently from the other days. Instantly, I threw that vitamins away.
My grandmother and father lived on poor food and their health was good enough. Vitamins and minerals are important to human life. I am sure no body can live on vitamins and minerals. Why don’t we think about the concept of nutrition?