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Before I get started I’d like to take a minute to explain a few things regarding myself, and the purpose of this article. To begin with I wholeheartedly applaud anyone who is attempting to make positive changes in their lives for the betterment of themselves and our world. I am also not in any sense “pro-meat”. As I said to someone on an Internet forum recently, if I am to be called anything it would be pro-balance. If you would like to understand my take on proper human diet then please read my article The Best Diet for You. In it you will find what I think is a sound rational explanation for my thinking regarding what sort of diet each of us, in our individual uniqueness, should consume. So before you get stuck into me be the intelligent information hungry adult that you are and have a read of that article.

Also, in this article I will touch very little on the cruelty to animals debate. I understand how inhumanely animals are being treated. Which is why I refuse on ethical grounds to buy meat from such producers. I know where my meat comes from, support the little farmers and am opposed to the major farming companies that are raping the earth. While animal cruelty is a major issue it does not, to my mind, impact upon the question of whether we should eat meat or not.

Cruelty to animals occurs because of greed. Not because we eat meat. You can help both the animals and your own health by not buying animal products produced from factory or feedlot commercial farming methods. Instead eat meat that comes from an animal that has lived just as it is supposed to. For cattle this means moving across the country in a heard grazing on grass. I’m essentially saying eat only organic, hormone and antibiotic free meat.

In the end the ultimate purpose of this article is to present you with some information you may not be aware of. I ask that you please set aside for a moment any emotional investment your ego might have in your ideas regarding meat. Holding onto beliefs in the face of information you may not have previously been aware of is dogmatic. If this describes you, then unfortunately, this article may not be for you, quite simply because you’ve checked your intelligence at the door. In this article I’m far from asking you to agree with what I have to say. All I ask is that you be prepared to consider the information with an open mind.

Now is a good time for me to tell you a little about my background of dietary research and experimentation. I have eaten an all-raw food diet, I have been virtually vegetarian and have undertaken numerous fasts, most of which were in excess of 14 days, using a number of different methods. I have also been responsible for turning a number of people close to me onto such diets at the different times I was undertaking them.

I have been on a massively restricted diet since I was seventeen due to food allergies, which caused severe migraines. I’ve since learnt that my allergies were not the root cause of my migraines. Rather a bad disbiosis (too much bad bacteria to good bacteria ratio in the gut) and fungus infestation (including candida yeast) were the cause of my supposed food allergies that were causing my migraines. This most likely stemmed from having open-heart surgery as a child and taking antibiotics without taking a probiotic afterwards.

Like most people I noticed significant changes to my health and wellbeing each time I made what I thought was a positive step in a healthier direction. There are however some considerations. If you change your diet from the regular western processed junk to eating more fruit and vegetables you will always feel better for it. You are after all consuming more fiber, more living enzymes that will aid your digestion, and more vitamins and minerals then you were before.

This is analogous to someone with back pain who places a quarter inch heel rise in one of his or her shoes. The back pain will miraculously disappear from anywhere between a day to a week. The problem is still there and will soon return. It has just gone for now because of the change. Therefore feeling better then what you did when you ate junk is not a sound indication that you have found the right diet to consume. You should know that my definition of what junk food encompasses is a lot broader then what you’ve likely encountered before.

The Science
The problem with scientific studies is that unless you take the time to acquire a thorough understanding of exactly how the study was undertaken and the results of the study pre the drawing of conclusions by the scientists you will more often then not get taken for a ride by accepting the presented conclusions on face value. Some vegetarians happily point out The China Study as scientific evidence that clearly demonstrates the negative health effects of eating meat.

I will quote from a review of The China Study:

“Campbell is aware that casein has been uniquely implicated in health problems, and dedicates an entire chapter to casein’s capacity to generate autoimmune diseases. Whey protein appears to have a protective effect against colon cancer that casein does not have. Any effect of casein, then, cannot be generalized to other milk proteins, let alone all animal proteins.

Other questions, such as what effect different types of processing have on casein’s capacity to promote tumor growth, remain unanswered. Pasteurization, low-temperature dehydration, high-temperature spray-drying (which creates carcinogens), and fermentation all affect the structure of casein differently and thereby could affect its physiological behavior.

What powdered, isolated casein does to rats tells us little about what traditionally consumed forms of milk will do to humans and tells us nothing that we can generalize to all “animal nutrients.” Furthermore, Campbell fails to address the problems of vitamin A depletion from excess isolated protein, unsupported by the nutrient-dense fats which accompany protein foods in nature.”

“One of the drawbacks of the study was that nutrient intakes were determined from food composition tables, rather than measured directly from foods. This disallowed any consideration of differences in nutrient composition of foods within the area due to soil quality, which was a primary theme of Weston Price’s research.

Another drawback was that the questionnaire did not adequately account for the diversity of animal foods in the Chinese diet. Questions about the frequency of consumption of sea food, meat, eggs, and milk were included, but questions about organ meats and insects were not included on the questionnaire, nor was fish differentiated from shell fish, despite the very different nutrient profiles of these foods. Additionally, the autumn dietary survey could not take into account foods that were not in season at the time.”

“The actual data from the original publication (the original monograph as opposed to Campbell’s representation of its findings in The China Study) paints a different picture. Most of the correlations between macronutrients and cancer mortality are not statistically significant, which means that the probability the correlation is due to chance is greater than five percent. It is interesting to see, however, the general picture that emerges. Sugar, soluble carbohydrates, and fiber all have correlations with cancer mortality about seven times the magnitude of that of animal protein, and total fat and fat as a percentage of calories were both negatively correlated with cancer mortality. The only statistically significant association between intake of a macronutrient and cancer mortality was a large protective effect of total oil and fat intake as measured on the questionnaire. As an interesting aside, there was a highly significant negative correlation between cancer mortality and home-made cigarettes!”

I could quote more but you get the picture. Follow the link to the review I posted above to read the full article. You might also like to read another article on Food in China. This article describes the fact that in general, the modern Chinese diet does not protect them against cancer. The overall rate of cancer in China is twice that of the United States. Also China has a high rate of mental retardation—over ten million cases, including hundreds of thousands with overt cretinism, especially in the central regions. Many of these people are under crushing poverty and can afford to eat nothing more that wheat porridge.

Plants Are Not Vegetarian
If you are a vegetarian for ethical reasons how do you decide when a living animal stops being a living animal? Sounds like a strange question doesn’t it? Well it may come as a surprise to you to discover that plants actually eat animals. Beyond the image you might have of a fly catching carnivore plant you should know that all plants eat animals. Microscopic animals.

Within any healthy soil are billions upon billions of microorganisms. Some microorganisms live in a symbiotic relationship with the plant. A certain type of microorganism actually puts out a protective net around the plants roots in the soil and covers the net with a type of glue. When, along comes a parasitic worm, it gets caught in the net. Other microorganisms, which also live symbiotically with the plant punch a small hole in its body, liquefy its organs, which are the most nutrient dense part, and feed that to the plant. So when does life stop being life? To grow the vast fields of fruit and vegetables that you eat untold numbers of micro-animals must die every single day.

You, as a consumer of those foods, are responsible for that. Just as I as a person who eats meat is responsible for the death of the animals I purchase and eat. Without the necessary destruction of those lives there would be no fruit and vegetables for anyone to live on a vegetarian diet. I cannot see how you can possible reconcile this fact to your ethical stance regarding taking of the life of a cow, for example. One animal is simply larger then another.

If you are vegetarian and you eat commercially farmed produce then the fields in which the foods you eat were grown have been repeatedly sprayed with chemical toxins that end the lives of the microorganisms in the soil. Its like chemical warfare and you are supporting it with your consumer dollar.

Plants are Conscious Beings
This one really gets me. Rabid vegetarians seem to be possessed of infantile sentimentalism. Plants don’t look you in the eye, they don’t move around, your kids don’t play with them, and they don’t scream and writhe when they die. Animals do, so it’s not ok to kill them. However, on the other hand it is ok to kill and eat plants. You should know that scientists have hooked electrodes to plants to measure electrical impulses produced by the plant. They then cut the plant’s leaves off with scissors. The reaction on the read-out by the plant was unmistakably apparent. Afterwards, all the scientists had to do to produce the same reaction from that particular plant again was walk up to it with scissors. Clearly plants feel and are cognizant of their environment beyond sunlight and other such basic factors of life.

Most people who garden know that plants do better when they are given love and even when pleasant music is played. So again where do you decide to draw the line on taking life? To not eat animals but on the other hand eat plants is arbitrary and based upon a misperception of living sentience.

Life Feeds on Life
If you were to head out into the wilds and were suddenly confronted with a hungry bear or a pride of lions these animals would take you down and tear you apart. Can you imagine what it would feel like to be eaten by a pride of lions while you still lived and breathed? This is nature. Life feeds on life. The plants feed on microorganisms, herbivores feed on plants and omnivores and predators feed on the herbivores. When the omnivores and predators die the microorganisms in the soil feed on their dead bodies. It is a beautiful cycle of energy transference and life.

There was No Cancer and Heart Disease Among Meat Eating Native People
If your ancient ancestors came from a place where each winter there was very little vegetables let alone fruit then eating a vegetarian diet is not going to suit your body very well. I explain this thinking in my article The Best Diet for You, which I mentioned at the start of this article. If you do go against the diet which your body is adapted to then the only outcome is going to be low energy, disease and poor health. If you are among the few people who are adapted to a purely vegetarian diet then that’s great. Eat purely vegetarian. If such people ate meat the outcome would be just like those who are adapted to eating meat and don’t.

I would like to share with you some information from the Weston A Price Foundation website. For starters in many native tribal people, before processed food was introduced to them, they did not have chronic diseases like cancer and heart disease. Many of them didn’t even have a word for such conditions. Even more interesting is the huge meat and saturated fat consumption of these same native peoples. Therefore it is not possible for naturally raised meat and fat to be the culprit behind these modern epidemics. This, of course, points the finger squarely at the other modern dietary factors as the most likely causes.

You Cannot Get Fat by Eating Fat
Take a look around today and you will see fat people everywhere. Obesity, diabetes, cancer and heart disease are rife. This is despite the fact that since the 1970’s consumption of saturated fat has plummeted while man made products such as vegetable oils and margarine have been consumed in never before seen amounts. And yet people are getting fatter and fatter. Something obviously does not add up.

If you take a good look at the mechanism the body uses to store fat you’ll discover that it does so through insulin. Insulin is so called because it insulates the body – with fat. Insulin is only activated by the consumption of carbohydrates which are converted to sugar in the bloodstream. Therefore you cannot get fat by eating fat! I’ll say that again. You cannot get fat by eating fat! Having said that I recommend you take some time to research which fats are good for you and which are not. Fats such as vegetable oils are often produced through a process that uses heat. The oil is actually rancid and stinks even before being packaged. They actually put chemicals into the vegetable oil to mask the smell.

This article did not have anything to do with me being right, and you being wrong. I merely hope to present some information I’ve discovered by going through the same sort of process of experimentation and research you may be going through right now. I hope that you will be mature enough to read the information contained within this article with a mind that is neither defensive nor reactionary. Don’t take my word for anything. Get out there and do your own research and make your own informed decisions.

If you are a vegetarian and are going to leave a comment then I hope it is an intelligent response to the points I’ve raised in this article. Repeating meaningless dogmatic mantras is pointless and infantile. Instead of being anti-meat try being pro-vegetarian for once.

I do hope you found the article interesting and informative. If you did or you have information that you feel I am unaware of, perhaps you even hate me and want to call me out as the meat-peddling propagandist that I’m not, leave a comment below.

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