Well if you measure protein intake with percentages, Durian Riders claim is true, unless all your calories were from table sugar and syrup, as all living cells have protein.
Protein deficiency although does strike if undereating low protein foods.
But thats not why the kids have engorged bellies, it's because they're being eaten from the inside out, right? Caused by long term starvation.
The name of the disease means "the sickness the baby gets when the new baby comes", So it was observed first in children weaned from breast milk.
The belies being eaten inside out is a symptom of protein deficiency but yes it may be other factors that are only attributable because of third world living conditions. However with higher protein intakes these children would be fine showing there is benefit to whatever the sufficient amount of protein. The ideal is around 50g for an adult which is satisfied by 80/10/10.
It sounds like your friend doesn't want to hear what you have to say unless you agree with her. I would just let it go. We all lose good friends many times in our lives. It's just the way things go. No problem showing her the wiki link, if she wants more information she can look it up herself. Don't waste your energy and your emotions trying to convince someone of something they are completely close-minded about. Especially if you gave her a book she hasn't even read it. Her college education is being wasted on her ego...sorry to say. It happens a lot.
"she beleives she's right about everything"
Usually I tell people not to be anti-social and to help others but...
The best thing you can do is not talk to her about it, I know it sounds contradictory because you want to help her, but trying to help her at this point is going to make her over-think and go bananas (hehe) and that'll just cause stress on her, which is the same as physically hurting her with how it reacts in ones body, so distance yourself a bit let her cool down, refuse to talk about it, don't eat with or around her, and just be an example of health and happiness and then she'll see she for herself she was wrong.
You know quite well you're not starving and malnourished.
;) And my inflated ego doesn't want to let this go. I desperately want to show her everything I've learned recently but I have such a hard time expressing myself through words alone. We disagree on so much. She's pro vaccinations too and has been saying a lot of nasty things to our friend on FB for not vaccinating her child. When ever we get together it seems like we make each others blood boil. It's hard to let one of your closest friends go, when they've been in your life, for better or worse, for ten years. Tonight's really been painful and I think it's probably best if we went our separate ways.
There's a lot of brainwashed, close-minded people in this world. I hope your friend doesn't throw away your friendship due only to her intense disagreement with your way of living. You just have to lead by example. She'll learn from you, as you become healthier and healthier. She'll start to notice, and hopefully will reconsider her stance (if she's reasonable).
"just be an example of health and happiness"
I'm moving at the end of the month from minneapolis to grow a garden with my lover, be in nature, and finally breathe fresh air. I can love her and she can love me from a distance. She also battles with alcohol so I was trying to let her know if she eat more fruity carbs alcohol wouldn't be so appealing...
I can only hope she'll read The China Study someday and will come to me if she needs any help.
Thank you everybody! I feel a whole lot better about this.
Some relationships are so much better with a healthy distance! There's no doubt it's tough, especially to not be so enthusiastic as something so life-changing, but you just have to be patient and present. Good for you for moving and glad you're feeling better about it!
(Also if you never talk to her again, not much of a loss in my opinion, someone who insults people over not vaccinating; I would want to stay away from a person like that, regardless of our past relationship.)
They're just plain starving period meaning a gross deficiency in calories.