Are You Protein Deficient? Quiz

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If you are a vegetarian or rarely eat animal protein and answer yes to any of the questions above, you may be protein deficient.

I invite you to read more about protein deficiency symptoms and the hidden signs that may be underlying many of your health concerns in my article, Protein Deficiency: The Hidden Signs


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  • randy

    I have a question regarding something you said in your original article
    about this. What do you mean when you say ‘acidic proteins (foods) go
    more DEEPLY into the body? What does deeper mean? Does it mean deeper into the cells, or tissues, or dhatus? How does this work?

  • Bri Tri

    Is there a more objective test than this? I don’t how people can be protein deficient these days when meat and diary are eaten at almost every meal in the typical Western diet. I have heard that the amount of protein we really need is inflated due to lobbying by the meat and diary industry. What do you consider protein deficiency to be other than answering some questions? I am sure many people would answer yes to these questions. Deficient or not.

    • Corby Jasona

      (Answer to your question near end of reply.) Many of these organizations are wrong but well meaning. They’re run by regular people like you or me, and I’ve met some of them. While I can’t (or maybe just shouldn’t) speak for their intelligence, I can say they’re not inherently evil like many natural health enthusiasts claim. There are far too many factors to consider when investigating the cause of our public health system’s problems, and trust me when I say it has many. So, I wouldn’t necessarily assume the current state of our RDA and RDI and DVs (etc) is all a money scheme. Information is very powerful, thus new research has to go through long approval processes to be sponsored and championed by big parties, private or government. Now, money can grease things up and help them to slip past some processes, which is definitely a problem, but the fix to that is people like you, asking good questions. There are no pencil-paper tests I know about that are perfect for knowing whether or not you’re deficient in protein – Dr. John’s test is there to make you think and consider whether or not it’s a possibility. The best ways to know are, a) visit an experienced, intelligent physician who has dealt with nutritional protein deficiency cases before or, b) get a lab test done over a period of time to determine whether or not your serum proteins (globulin and albumin) are sufficient and stable. All symptoms can be caused by a domino effect resulting from any ole original problem that gets out of hand. This is why there’s so much (honest and understandable…) medical self-diagnosis paranoia these days. Just an example of what can cause apparent symptoms of protein deficiency: high sugar intake, beginnings of scurvy, pancreatic disease, liver disease, anemia, molybdenum deficiency, dehydration, B12 deficiency, adrenal insufficiency, kidney disease, and much more. There are hundreds of things that can appear to be protein deficiency, because they cause tissue impairment that results in damaged proteins, cellular mutation, spontaneous cell apoptosis (due to immune issues), on and on. There are also deficiencies and toxicities that directly cause protein deficiency that can NOT be properly fixed through excess supplementation of protein, and these require medical detective work and often times thousands of dollars worth of tests to diagnose properly. One such deficiency is in iodine, which can result from low dose, chronic bromine toxicity cause by simple things like switching out mattresses often (fire retardants), bathing in warm or steaming municipal-source water (chlorine and chloroform), and eating brominated wheat (estimated >90% of US citizens), etc-etc. While a test may show adequate iodine for preventing goiter, the average human being is in a severe state of iodine “debt,” where it can’t be used like it should and is instead only used by the iodine-greedy thyroid to protect the brain from everyday solvents and natural/unnatural levels of radioactive exposure, such as in bananas (radioactive potassium), from sunlight, or EMR from high power telephone wires over houses, which is a direct (though, by itself, seemingly negligible) cause of irradiation of susceptible minerals in, not just humans, but organisms in general. So anyway…. Answer: Use tests like these to determine whether or not you should consider adding protein to your diet as part of your own self-diagnosis method. If your problem resolves, you may have been protein deficient.

      • Corby Jasona

        Oh, forgot to add: a person who drinks milk with every meal but is lactose intolerant can be protein deficient due to immune tantrums. A person who eats meat with every meal could have a protein deficiency because of common fecal impaction or solidified, putrefactive, undigested food matter on the intestinal walls, causing your usual “beer belly” or the belly distention so many big-appetite, bottomless pit skinny types have. Parasitic problems (1) are surprisingly common, as are severe nutritional deficiencies specific to one or more minerals required as catalysts (2) for metabolic functions or cleanup (3) of metabolic waste. (Example 1: Candidiasis, Helicobacter pylori; example 2: magnesium, zinc, chromium, copper, iodine, oxygen, and cobalt; example 3: molybdenum, chlorine, sodium, potassium, silicon, manganese, magnesium, zinc, copper.) Anyone with any sleeping disorder could appear to be protein deficient, even a heavy meat eater. People with unchecked, chronic internal bleeding or digestive unease, such as from gastric ulcers or irritable bowel disorder, may absorb very little protein from their meat, cheese, milk, eggs before getting runny stool or diarrhea. Chronic fever can limit the amount of protein one’s body decides to absorb. Also common: Indigestion due to distressed emotional states. (Which is apparent in high-crime neighborhoods and dysfunctional families, or at times when a loved one has died or is chronically ill, or during times when relationship issues have been buried and stretched, or in impoverished households when stress is high for a long period of time, etc.) These are just some various scenarios – not at all a list of everything. Hope I helped to answer your question! :)