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Disease-Free Living Through Fitness and Nutrition

We began this Advice section as a means of assisting our visitors in answering many of their health and diet questions, and in encouraging them to take a pro-active part in their own health.  We believe that the information contained herein is true, but are not presenting it as the only solution to a problem.  We, personally, have found that a vegan diet has helped our own health, and simply wish to share with others the things we have found.   Each of us must make our own decisions, for it's our own body.  If you have a health problem, see your own physician.


December 12, 2012

Dear Gerry:

As a firefighter/emt, I only need at the very most .36 grams protein per pound which is (according to) the RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance).

Do you think this is accurate with a job like mine, even with moderate weight training and running?  

Reply from Gerry:

Hi, Firefighter/EMT,
Thanks for your question re: amount of protein needed for someone with challenging mental and physical work as well as one who runs and lifts weights.
There are many misconceptions regarding this subject, especially with athletes and those who have physically challenging occupations.
That said, I checked with Dr. Alan Goldhamer, one of my favorite knowledgeable "go-to" people to see if he had written any articles on the subject.
Following is what Dr. Goldhamer sent along with his contact information - Where Do You Get Your Protein?
I can also recommend books and/or other articles should you like, but the following will certainly provide you with excellent information.

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