Ancient Humans Were Vegetarian

When Humans Were Pure Vegetarians…
It must have felt unnatural at first, to eat animal flesh.. After all, we’re not so far removed from animals ourselves.. Perhaps it even felt cannibalistic.. There might not have been that much intellectual distinction between humans and other animals.. When humans were pure vegetarians, they were living in harmony with the earth and with the other creatures co-habiting the planet with them.. Their closest animal relatives, apes, were vegetarians.. Eating the products of the earth, like plants, grains and fruits that they could gather and eat would have seemed the natural order of things.. But necessity is the mother of invention.. Prehistoric men who lived in frozen geographies, or who lived in an area that became devastated by fire, would have eaten anything to survive.. Just like the soccer players whose plane crashed in the mountains of Chile, and were forced to eat the flesh of other players who died in the crash, earliest man at some point had to make the choice for survival, and that could have been consuming meat for the first time and changing human history – and health – forever.. Imagine having eaten raw foods and vegetables for eons, and all of a sudden, incorporating meat products into your system.. You may have heard friends who were vegetarians tell stories of trying to eat meat and becoming violently ill afterwards.. Biologists will tell you we’re really not designed to eat meat, but we adapted to it.. However, in the timeline of human history, eating meat is a relatively recent evolutionary development.

I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it.. They will be yours for food.. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground – everything that has the breath of life in it – I give every green plant for food.
( Genesis 1:29-30 )

Genesis 1:29 .. In this verse God gives food to mankind consisting of the seed-bearing herbs and the fruit of trees.. By comparison with Genesis 9:3, the writer believed that, until after the Flood, mankind subsisted upon a purely vegetable diet.. It may be asked how, if this were the case, man had the opportunity of exercising his dominion over fish, birds, and beasts.. If he did not wish to eat them, neither would he wish to kill them.. The truth seems to be that, according to the P version of Hebrew tradition, the first generations of mankind were intended to live without bloodshed or violence in an ideal condition, like that predicted by Isaiah (Genesis 11:6-9), “they shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain”.. The prophet’s words, “a little child shall lead them”, imply a dominion over the animal world which does not rest upon force.
( Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges )

Every herb bearing seed and tree bearing fruit is granted to man for his sustenance.. With our habits it may seem a matter of course that each should at once appropriate what he needs of things at his hand.. But in the beginning of existence it could not be so.. Of two things proceeding from the same creative hand neither has any original or inherent right to interfere in any way whatever with the other.. The absolute right to each lies in the Creator alone.. The one, it is true, may need the other to support its life, as fruit is needful to man.. And therefore the just Creator cannot make one creature dependent for subsistence on another without granting to it the use of that other.. But this is a matter between Creator and creature, not by any means between creature and creature.. Hence, it was necessary to the rightful adjustment of things, whenever a rational creature was ushered into the world, that the Creator should give an express permission to that creature to partake of the fruits of the earth.
( Albert Barnes, 1798-1870, American theologian )

Genesis 1:29 .. It is evident from this grant of food to man, in the present verse, and from that to the brute animals in the next, that the use of flesh in the beginning was allowed to neither, and, consequently, that the now carnivorous animals then fed upon grass, etc., as the tame ones amongst us do at present.. The ancients mention this as one characteristic of the golden age:  “Not so the golden age, who fed on fruit, nor durst with bloody meals their hands pollute.”
( Thomas Coke, 1747-1814, Methodist Bishop )

‘I have given you every herb for food’ – It seems from this, says Dr Priestley, an eminent philosopher, that man was originally intended to live upon vegetables only, and as no change was made in the structure of men’s bodies after the flood, it is not probable that any change was made in the articles of their food.. It may also be inferred from this passage that no animal whatever was originally designed to prey on others, for nothing is here said to be given to any beast of the earth besides green herbs.. Before sin entered into the world, there could be, at least, no violent deaths, if any death at all.
( Adam Clarke, 1760-1832, British Methodist theologian and biblical scholar )

In the golden age, spontaneous fruits were the food of happy mortals.
( Antoine Augustin Calmet, 1672-1757, French Benedictine monk )

The Hebrew meaning of the word ‘meat’ is bread or food.
The word ‘meat’ comes from the Old English word mete, which referred to food in general.

Humans aren’t physiologically designed to eat meat.. I think the evidence is pretty clear.. If you look at various characteristics of carnivores versus herbivores, it doesn’t take a genius to see where humans line up.. A herbivore’s intestines are 12 times its body length, and humans are closer to herbivores.. Both get vitamin C from their diets (carnivores make it internally).. Both sip water, not lap it up with their tongues.. Both cool their bodies by perspiring (carnivores pant).
(William C. Roberts, Cardiologist)

Scientists have been warning of the health risks of eating red and processed meat for some years with evidence pointing to them containing chemicals that can cause cancer.
(Ruki Sayid, Daily Mirror, 24.10.2015)

One In Ten Die In Agony In Hospital

New Treatment For Kidney Stones…
A citrus fruit extract has been found to dissolve kidney stones, leading to hopes of new treatments.. Tests on hydroxycitrate, known as HCA, showed very promising results.. Images recorded the calcium oxalate crystals which form kidney stones actually shrinking when exposed to HCA.. Dr Jeffrey Rimmer, of the University of Houston in Texas, said : “HCA shows promise as a potential therapy.”
(Daily Mirror, 09.08.2016)

Sense Of Touch Skin For Prosthetic Limbs…
Pioneering British scientists are developing electronic skin which could give amputees prosthetic limbs the sense of touch.. Researchers claim the new technology, which may be available in five years time, will also bring major changes to manufacturing and communications.. The skin would even allow an object to be felt by someone who is physically miles away – similar to the technology in blockbuster sic-fi film Avatar.
Dr Ravinder Dahiya, of Glasgow University, said that as well as the potential to modify prosthetic hands with the skin, there were other possibilities for medicine.. A key component of the skin is graphene, the world’s thinnest material.. It is only one millionth of the thickness of a human hair, but 200 times stronger than steel and conducts heat and electricity better than copper.. The team managed to find a low-cost way of developing sheets of the material.. They also use nanowire technology, extremely thin wires used to make sensors.
(Extract from an article by Pamela Paterson, 23.05.2016)

More People In The UK Not Eating Meat…
Half a million people in the UK are now on a vegan diet, the total has more than trebled in ten years.. A survey by the Vegan Society and Vegan Life magazine found 42% of those avoiding meat, fish and dairy were aged 15-34.. Only 14% were over 65 .. There are also 1.7 million vegetarians.
(Extract from an article by the Daily Mirror, 18.05.2016)

Don’t Give Ibuprofen To Kids With Chickenpox…
A mother is alerting parents to the danger of giving ibuprofen to children with chickenpox after her young son ended up with septicaemia.. The mother claimed a number of doctors prescribed children’s ibuprofen to her son.. But he deteriorated and was hospitalised with septicaemia.. It was only at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool that she was told the drug reacts with chickenpox.. The NHS advises paracetamol as a painkiller for chickenpox.
(An extract from an article by Emma Gill, 09.04.2016)

Aspirin Can Help Prevent Cancer…
A daily dose of aspirin can help prevent cancer and even stop existing tumours spreading, a major study has found.. The findings reveal compelling evidence that the painkiller can improve the odds of surviving the disease by up to 20% .. Professor Peter Elwood, of the Cardiff University Medical School, led a systematic review of more than 50,000 cancer patients across almost 50 studies going back decades.. He said, “Our review, based on available evidence, suggests low-dose aspirin taken by patients with bowel, breast or prostate cancer, in addition to other treatments, is associated with a reduction in deaths of about 15% to 20%, together with a reduction in the spread of the cancer.”
(An extract from an article by Andrew Gregory, 21.04.2016)

Drug Link To Kidney Damage…
Drugs used by millions of British people to treat heartburn may increase the risk of kidney damage, scientists claim.. Patients are being advised to take proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) only when medically necessary and to limit the duration of use.. Over five years PPI users had a 28% increased risk of kidney disease and a 96% greater risk of kidney failure, found researchers at the VA St Louis Health Care System in St Louis, US .. The findings are reported in the journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
(Daily Mirror, 15.04.2016)

Alcohol And Processed Meat Cause Stomach Cancer…
Beers, bacon and obesity have been linked for the first time to stomach cancer.. There is strong evidence that drinking three or more alcoholic drinks a day, eating processed meat and being overweight increased the risk, a World Cancer Research Fund report has found.. Dr Rachel Thompson, from the Fund, said : “These findings give us a clearer picture.. Hopefully they will help people make informed decisions about their lifestyles choices.” .. The disease kills 5,000 people a year in the UK.
(Andrew Gregory, 21.04.2016)

Appalling Treatment Of Dying Folk In NHS Hospitals…
One in eight dying patients are starved of food and water in their final days of NHS care.. And one in ten die in agony without pain relief, a poll of bereaved relatives found.. A third of those polled said their hospital did not work well together with GP and other community care services.. One in 10 rated the overall end-of-life care as ‘poor’.. The most deprived areas got the worst services, the Office for National Statistics survey found.
(An extract from an article by Jack Blanchard, 23.04.2016)

Aspirin Cuts Risk Of Stroke…
Taking an aspirin daily straight after suffering a mini-stroke can slash the risk of a major one by up to 80%, a study suggests.. Over-60s are at highest risk of mini-strokes, or transient ischemic attacks.. And one in 20 people hit by them have a major attack within two days, rising to one in 12 within a week.. Professor Peter Rothwell of Oxford University said : “Our findings confirm the effectiveness of urgent treatment and show aspirin is the most important component.”
(Daily Mirror, 19.05.2016)

The Longest A&E Waits On Record…
The NHS is on its knees with A&E and cancer delays now the longest on record.. Official figures revealed 224,000 people spent at least four hours waiting to be seen in A&E in February.. Casualty wards are expected to treat 95% of patients within four hours.. But the figure fell to 87.8% – the lowest since records began in 2004.. Nearly 200 patients were left on trolleys for half a day.
(An extract from an article by Nick McDermott, 15.04.2016)

Foster Children Suffer From Government Cuts…
Children in care are finding it harder to access ongoing support from social workers because of Government budget cuts, foster carers have warned.. A survey by The Fostering Network of more than 760 carers across the UK revealed more than two-thirds felt cuts had impacted foster children’s’ access to social workers.. Three in five carers also felt support from their supervising social worker had been affected.
( Community Care, April 2016 )

Declared ‘Fit For Work’ And Died Soon After…
At least 2,600 sick and disabled people died shortly after being declared ‘fit for work’ by a Government contractor.. Figures released by the Department for Work and Pensions show that around 100 people per month died shortly after being ruled well enough to take a job.. Over a period of two years, 2,380 people died within 14 days of being taken off Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) because they were declared ‘fit to work’ by a controversial assessment process.
( MailOnLine, August 2015 )

The Most Noble Idea Ever

Breast Cancer…
Experts have found a protein which could stop breast cancer spreading.

They discovered it can block cancer cells when it is active in the body.
But the cells are able to switch off protein EPHA2, which lets them then move through blood vessels into other organs.
The Institute of Cancer Research said, “The next step is to figure out how to keep the protein switched on, stopping breast cancer spreading.”

(Sun, 10.02.2016)

Compensation Paid By The NHS…
The NHS believes it will need £28.3billion to cover damages for botched care over the next few years.. The vast estimate, which has risen 70% in five years, comes as the NHS is trying to make savings of £30billion.. It includes £12.3billion for outstanding claims and £16billion for claims expected over the next five years and beyond.

(Andrew Gregory and Winnie Agbonlahor, Daily Mirror, 23.01.2016)

Dementia And Alzheimers…
GPs diagnosed nearly 20% more patients with dementia after being promised a government bonus.. The scheme, which paid £55 for each new case spotted, ran for six months between October 2014 and April 2015.
It was meant to improve detection of the brain-wasting illness amid fears cases were being missed.
Dementia cases rose from 643 people per 100,000 population in April 2014 to 755 by December 2015.. GPs got the cash for six months of that period.. The scheme was scrapped by NHS England in April 2015.Alzheimer’s drugs prescription in England leapt from just over 500,000 in 2004 to three million in 2014.
(Pat Hagan, Sun, 20.01.2016)

Tasteless Fruit From Abroad…
Having spotted blueberries from Chile, blackberries from Mexico and strawberries from Peru while scanning the supermarket for fruit, I wasn’t at all surprised to hear that more than half of our food is flown in from abroad.. Why ?

The only fruit we should be eating now is what’s in season here.. A succulent apple, maybe some rosy rhubarb or a juicy pear.. That’s about it at this time of year.
But who wants soggy, tasteless strawberries that go off in a day because they’re sprayed, frozen, gassed and flown thousands of miles before leaking their juices all over the supermarket fruit and veg section ?

(Fiona Phillips, Daily Mirror, 09.01.2016)

Pregnant Women Shouldn’t Take Paracetamol…
Pregnant women who take paracetamol may increase the risk of their baby having asthma, say experts.. A study involving 114,500 children found 5.7% had the disease at the age of three and 5.1% at seven.. Researchers say they found a consistent link between children who had developed asthma aged three and mums who told them they had taken paracetamol during pregnancy.. The risk appeared to be greater if an expectant mother had used paracetamol for more than one complaint.
The researchers, in Bristol and Norway, say they established the asthma was linked to the drug rather than any medical condition the mother may have been suffering when she took it.. Previous studies have suggested a link between paracetamol use by pregnant mums and asthma.

(Sophie Goodchild, Sun, 10.02.2016)

The Most Noble Idea Ever…
The National Health Service owes its existence to the most noble idea that this country ever had – To care for the sick, the weak and the vulnerable in their time of need.
If the NHS is not there to care, then it is a meaningless shell, a cash cow for private medicine.. And makes a mockery of the idealism that brought it into being.
The NHS does not exist to stuff the pockets of Conservative Party donors, or to enrich doctors, or to big up private health care.

Children Placed In Adult Mental Institutions…
Children as young as five with mental health issues are being placed in adult institutions far from home.. An adult mental health ward is no place for a child.. It is an act of utter, disgraceful neglect and cruelty.. Adult psychiatric wards and their facilities and staffing levels are often basic by fiscal necessity.. They are populated by people with mental health problems who may be verbally abusive, physically threatening or simply distressing to be with.

A Sick Campaign

A Moderate Amount Of Alcohol May Beat Alzheimer’s…
Two pints of beer a day could slash Alzheimer’s deaths, a study claims.

Experts found a moderate alcohol intake cut the risk of dying early in newly diagnosed patients by 77% .. Two small glasses of wine or four single whiskies could have the same effect.. They tracked the amount 321 adults in the early stages of the incurable disease drank over three years in Denmark.. The one in 20 who had a couple of beers or wine every day showed life-enhancing benefits.. The one in ten who abstained and heavy drinkers were more likely to die earlier.. Researchers at the University of Southern Denmark believe alcohol may protect brain cells from the disease.
(Nick McDermott, 11.12.2015)

Hospitals Rationing Hearing Aids…
Hospitals in the UK are rationing hearing aids in a wave of cruel NHS cuts.

Many trusts now offer just one hearing aid even if both ears need help.
It means many patients may have to go private to get the care they need.
Dr Roger Wicks, from the charity Action on Hearing Loss, said, “Hearing aids have been free on the NHS since its creation in 1948.. It’s driven by the need to cut costs and has nothing to do with people’s health needs”.. Peter Sydserff, president of the British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists, said, “It is a classic short-term decision, and it is cruel.. Imagine going for an eye test and being asked, ‘Which eye would you like a lens for ?'”
(Danny Buckland, 25.10.2015)

A Blood Test May Predict The Onset Of Arthritis…
A blood test could soon predict who will get arthritis up to 16 years before it fully develops.. It would allow hundreds of thousands of patients to get vital early treatment.. It works by detecting a protein released into the blood when rheumatoid arthritis starts developing.. A team at Oxford University’s Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology studied 2,000 patients and found it was present an average of seven years before arthritis set in.. In some cases the figure was as high as 16 years.. Rheumatoid arthritis is triggered when the immune system malfunctions and affects the joints.. Stephen Simpson, of Arthritis UK, said, “This has great potential to help patients get the right treatment early to keep this painful and debilitating condition under control.”

(Nick McDermott, 11.12.2015)

Health Secretary Putting Patients At Risk…
Transplant patients are refusing to have life-saving surgery at weekends because Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said they are more likely to die..
A top doctor specialising in liver operations criticised the Health Secretary over his repeated claims that under-staffing at hospitals over the weekend is causing 11,000 excess deaths every year.. The figure, disputed by the British Medical Association, is key to the Government’s case for a seven-day NHS, which sparked a pay row with junior doctors.. Dr Palak Trivedi has revealed several patients at Birmingham Queen Elizabeth Hospital have already refused weekend transplants over fears for their health.. Two declined operations despite being matched with a donor, meaning they risked missing their only chance of survival.. Dr Trivedi said, “Mr Hunt says he wants to save lives but he is putting patients at risk by repeating questionable data.. I pray that none of the patients who refuse weekend transplants ends up dying.. The reality, Mr Hunt, in case you didn’t know, is that liver transplantation is a seven days a week, 365 days a year operation.. There is always a consultant in theatre and there is the same level of case in recovery.. Expert input is the same weekday or weekend, in theatre, on the ward and in intensive care.”

(Dan Warburton and Martyn Halle, 13.12.2015)

A Sick Campaign By The Health Secretary…
If the worst happens this weekend and you or a family member fall seriously ill, you can be confident you will almost certainly get excellent treatment.. Yet Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has created a climate of terror by warning that patients are more likely to die if they go to hospital at weekends.. His misuse of statistics has been discredited by the British Medical Association and many doctors, yet the mud has stuck.
Mr Hunt has run this disgraceful, unprincipled campaign against doctors and nurses as part of his mission to undermine the NHS.. We are used to politicians using scare tactics, but doing so to terrify sick people is plumbing new depths.
As anyone who has had to use a hospital at weekends knows, medical staff already work devotedly for seven days a week.

(Sunday Mirror, 13.12.2015)

Eating Meat Is Risky

Avoid Farmed Salmon…
Although fish sounds like one of the healthiest foods possible, farmed salmon is one you should avoid.Unfortunately, more than 60% of the salmon consumed in the USA is farm raised.These fish are fed unnatural diets and are contaminated with chemicals, antibiotics, pesticides, and other known carcinogens.. They live in very crowded conditions which results in these fish having 30 times the number of sea lice than wild salmon.. Farmed salmon are fed chemicals to make their meat that reddish pink color that should occur naturally but doesn’t because of the diet of chicken litter that they are fed.Also, due to their diet, they have less of the healthy omega-3 that we think we are getting when we consume fish.. Studies have also shown that farmed salmon contain high levels of PCB’s, mercury, and cancer causing dioxins.
Avoid farmed salmon and buy it canned or look for labels in your market that state the fish you are buying is wild sockeye salmon.
(Natural Health News, 09.05.2014)

Bananas Help To Combat Flu…
Bananas could help fight flu and combat killer diseases such as hepatitis C and Aids, researchers have claimed.. Scientists believe they can create a drug from a protein found in the fruit.. BanLec locks on to sugars on the outside of cells, stopping deadly viruses from getting in.. Its powers were revealed five years ago when researchers developed an anti-viral drug.. But the treatment caused side-effects such as swelling.. They have now made the drug safer.. And trials have found it stops flu in mice.. Experts hope the drug can be put in a nasal spray, but it could be ten years before it is available.. US-based researcher Dr David Markovitz said, “What we’ve done is exciting.. Better treatments are desperately needed.”

(Katie Hodge, The Sun, 23.10.2015)

Kangaroo Meat Linked To Heart Disease…
Kangaroo meat may not be as healthy as previously thought after scientists found a component of red meat most prevalent in the iconic Australian animal is linked to heart disease.A study published in the prestigious journal Nature Medicine found that a compound in red meat called L-carnitine is associated with the build up of plaque in arteries which causes heart attacks, strokes and vascular disease.
Australian experts said the study was significant because up until now, scientists generally believed cholesterol and fat in red meat was driving the link between high consumption and heart disease.The surprising discovery has caused warnings against the widespread use of L-carnitine as a dietary supplement, particularly among athletes such as footballers and body builders who believe it helps build muscle, burn fat and improve brain function.It has also caused doctors to reiterate warnings about excessive consumption of red meat and especially kangaroo meat, which has long been thought to be one of the healthiest choices because of its low fat content..
The authors of the study, from Cleveland Clinic Foundation in the US, said that when L-carnitine was metabolised by gut bacteria in people who eat meat, it turned into high amounts of a compound named trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO), which damages arteries supplying blood to the heart and brain.
(Julia Medew, The Sydney Morning Herald, 08.04.2013)

Processed Meat And Red Meat May Cause Cancer…
Bacon, burgers and sausages are deemed to be as big a cancer threat as cigarettes, according to global health chiefs.. The warning saw processed meat added to the list of items classified as carcingogenic to humans by the World Health Organisation..
It means dietary favourites, including salami, chorizo and smoked ham, rank alongside arsenic and asbestos, when it comes to the potential cancer risk.. Officials said just 50g of processed meat a day – less than one sausage – increases the risk of bowel cancer by almost a fifth.

The report also classified red meat as ‘probably carcinogenic’ – one rank below – but added that it had some nutritional benefits.. Experts are now urging the public to avoid processed meat where possible and to have a bean salad for lunch rather than a bacon sandwich.. Processed meat has been preserved, for example by smoking, and includes ham and pate, as well as burgers and mince if they have been preserved using salt or chemical additives.. Experts think the substances added during processing cause cancer.. These include preservatives such as nitrates and nitrites – as well as substantial amounts of salt.. Processed meat was classified as carcinogenic, based on sufficient evidence in humans that consumption causes specifically colorectal or bowel cancer, they concluded.. The classification of red meat as ‘probably carcinogenic to humans’ was observed mainly in relation to colorectal cancer, but links were also seen for pancreatic and prostate cancer.
(MailOnline, 28.10.2015)

If there is a ‘health food’ section in the grocery store..
What does that make the rest of the food sold there ?
(Dr Mark Hyman)