The Hidden Truths Of The Meat Industry

The Single Biggest Way To Reduce Our Impact On Earth ..
The word ‘veganism’ first came about in 1944, when teacher Donald Watson founded The Vegan Society in Leicester. It’s a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.
It’s no longer disputed that eating less meat is better for the planet.
Animal agriculture is the leading cause of environmental destruction, species extinction, ocean dead zones and water pollution, yet we do little to counter it.
Studies prove that swapping to a vegan diet is the single biggest way to reduce our impact on earth. Critics of veganism frequently argue that soya is unsustainable, yet only 6% of all soya is used for human consumption. The overwhelming majority is used for animal feed. Countless studies link major diseases like cancer, heart disease, stroke and diabetes to the consumption of animal protein.
Switching to a plant-based diet has been proven to prevent, treat and even reverse heart disease and type two diabetes.
The health benefits of a plant-based diet have never been clearer. Tennis stars Serena and Venus Williams, F1’s Lewis Hamilton, boxer David Haye and many other elite athletes have all cited their vegan diet as reasons for their success, claiming they feel stronger and faster and their recovery is quicker.
( Extracts from an article by Selene Nelson )

The Kangaroo Killing Industry ..
Welcome to the world of the Kangaroo Killing Industry. It’s what the Kangaroo Killing Industry and their affiliates don’t tell you that is of greatest concern.
As an Indigenous woman, I’ve been exposing the Kangaroo Killing Industry for decades and I’m always amazed at the spin people blindly believe about kangaroos including that “Indigenous people ate them for thousands of years”. No, actually many of us didn’t and indeed don’t. You see, Kangaroo are a Sacred Totem Animal to many of we Indigenous people. They are a Creator Spirit and The Dreaming of Country and holding Kangaroo as Totem means for many Indigenous people we never ate it, or eat it, ever.
Generalised ignorance is what the Kangaroo Killing Industry thrives on and they run a mile when asked why they don’t have warnings on their packages regarding very real and justified concerns about kangaroo meat.
They think ongoing international trade or supermarket bans against the Industry based on inherent cruelty, unsustainable slaughter and ongoing meat contamination issues is nothing to worry about. Oh really?
Kangaroo meat carries a naturally heavy parasite load — a single Western or Eastern Grey Kangaroo can be infected with up to 30,000 parasitic worms from up to 20 different nematode species.
Over the years epidemics have wiped out many millions of kangaroos.
In Western NSW in 2016 millions of kangaroos died from an unknown, uncontrollable disease that is still undiagnosed, yet state and federal governments and the Kangaroo Killing Industry continue to slaughter kangaroos and sell the meat to consumers. There is some evidence gathered by a vet and pathologist from NSW western district that goats with similar symptoms of this still un-identified disease crosses the species barrier. If there was an epidemic in the animal agriculture industry, there would be thorough investigations, but not with the Kangaroo Killing Industry? Wild ‘game’ kangaroos can harbour a wide range of bacterial, parasitic and fungal diseases. The potential transfer of ‘zoonotic’ pathogens between species is possible but not well researched.
Toxoplasmosis and Salmonellosis, two bacterial infections affecting kangaroos and human health, can spread to humans through the handling, processing or consumption of infected kangaroo meat. Independent analyses from the past 20 years consistently turned up kangaroo meat that harboured the salmonella bacterium and other bacterial contaminants. This comes from the way that shooting and transport in the wild occurs.
Slaughtered kangaroos are transported in the open air, gathering dust and flies, stored in field chillers, and may not be transported to processors for up to 14 days after being shot. The fact that kangaroo shooters are being instructed to spray down kangaroo carcasses with acetic acid (combats pathogens) is also kept well hidden from you, the public. The cyst-forming tapeworm, Echinococcus granulosus, entered Australia on sheep and now affects kangaroos as intermediate hosts.
For too long this brutal industry of wretched animal cruelty has crept along under the radar. The time is long overdue for this slaughter of The Dreaming to be shown in all its reality. For you and your pets. Buyer beware.
( Extracts from an article by Ro Mudyin Godwin, 11.01.2019 )

The Truths Are Kept Hidden By The Meat And Dairy Industries ..
What we forget, when we pick up products from the supermarket shelves, is that the meat, dairy and egg industries are some of the most powerful in the world. Their marketing reflects this. People see labels like ‘humane milk’ and ‘humane meat’ and they believe them, yet these are myths, marketing ploys that exist only to make us feel better. The word humane means compassionate and kind, and because it means this, neither meat nor dairy can ever be considered it.
Dairy cows are forcibly impregnated to produce milk. Their calves are taken at birth. If he’s male, he’s often shot because he won’t produce milk, or he may be dumped, still alive, in ditches like garbage. Alternatively he’ll be locked in a pen, unable to move, touch grass, or even lie down, and when his muscles are soft enough, he’ll be killed and sold as veal. If the calf is female, she’ll lead the same life as her mother, repeatedly impregnated, her calves taken, and when she’s too spent to produce enough milk (around six years old) she’ll be sent to the slaughterhouse.
Cows naturally live to 25 years old.
The fact that all dairy cows end up as cheap beef isn’t widely known. Neither is the abhorrent treatment of newborn calves. But public ignorance is what the industry wants, and so the truths are kept hidden and the myths perpetuated.
( Extracts from an article by Selene Nelson )

Go Vegan And Nobody Gets Hurt ..
The vegan movement supports both non-human and human animals and helps them to live better lives. The term vegan refers to those who choose not to support the humiliation, exploitation, torture and killing of innocent animals.
One doesn’t eat leather, or ingest duck down or consume wool. You can’t munch on a circus or chow down on a zoo. It’s also notoriously difficult to scoff a horse race. Sadly, animal abuse doesn’t end with eating them.
As for those who say they won’t go vegan because they don’t want to eat processed foods, my jaw drops every time I hear that one. Do they have no idea how much processing meat, milk and egg products go through before they reach the supermarket shelves ? Some seem to imagine that a burger made from plants is ‘unnatural’ where as one made from a cow’s butt couldn’t be more pure. What utter nonsense. They seem to dismiss the antibiotics that are pumped into animals reared for meat, the hormones that rage inside two thirds of dairy cows at any one time (because they’re pregnant) and therefore make it into the milk humans consume, the colouring that is added to salmon to make it look pink, the water injected into chickens to make them heavier (as they’re sold by weight), and don’t even get me started on bacon.
Health and veganism are connected, in that having a whole foods, plant based diet (along with regular exercise and mindfulness) is your best chance of leading a long and healthy life. However, veganism is an ethical choice and non-human animals must be at the centre of it. Go vegan and nobody gets hurt.
( Tofu Temptress, 18.09.2017 )

Going meat-free can make a huge difference. Studies show that vegetarians are, on average, 10 to 20 pounds lighter than meat-eaters and that a vegetarian diet reduces our risk of heart disease by 40% and adds seven or more years to our lifespan.
( Ingrid Newkirk )

The Slaughter Of Billions Of Newly-Hatched Chicks ..
The public aren’t told about the practice of ‘chick culling’, the slaughter of billions of newly-hatched chicks every year. Male chicks are by-products of the egg industry, worthless because they don’t lay eggs, so they are macerated alive in high-speed grinders, asphyxiated by carbon dioxide, or suffocated in plastic bins.
( Selene Nelson )

Eating Any Meat Poses Serious Health Risks ..
The World Health Organisation declared processed meat a ‘carcinogen’ that increases the risk of colon or rectum cancer by 18%. But it’s not just processed meat that poses a health risk. Science has known for a while that eating all kinds of animals, including white meat, is unhealthy. Eating any meat, hormone-free or not, poses serious long-term risks to our health.
A vast array of studies from top universities and independent researchers has found that eating chickens, cows, pigs and other animals promotes cancer in many forms. Large studies in England and Germany showed that vegetarians were about 40% less likely to develop cancer compared to meat-eaters, the most common forms being breast, prostate, and colon cancers. A 2014 Harvard study found that just one serving a day of red meat during adolescence was associated with a 22% higher risk of pre-menopausal breast cancer and that the same red meat consumption in adulthood was associated with a 13% higher risk of breast cancer overall.
( Len Firswood, 11.11.2015 )

Mutilated At Birth ..
What about pigs, among the most intelligent, emotional and cognitively complex animals in the world ? Sows are kept in metal ‘gestation crates’ so small they can’t even turn around. They are mutilated at birth, their tails cut off, their teeth pulled, their ears tagged. In this country, we think the ‘humane’ way of killing them is to gas them. Forced into carbon dioxide gas chambers, pigs’ bodies burn from the inside as they suffocate. Their panicked, agonised screams can be heard far outside the chambers.
( Selene Nelson )

Consuming Meat And Dairy May Cause Impotence ..
Meat, eggs, and dairy products slow the flow of blood to all the body’s organs, and not just the heart. Originally, it was thought that impotence was caused only by anxiety, but according to the Erectile Dysfunction Institute, up to 90% of all cases of impotence are actually physical as opposed to psychological, meaning the high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes, prostate cancer or inflammations, and hormonal imbalances that eating meat causes might also contribute to impotence.
Numerous physicians and nutritionists agree that the best way to prevent artery blockage as well as multiple other conditions that cause impotence is to eat a diet high in fibre, including plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
( Extract from an article by Rachel Krantz, 15.02.2016 )

The Industrialisation Of Living Creatures ..
Unfortunately, animals have been victimised to the point where they’re not even considered victims anymore. In the UK, we’re appalled by the Yulin dog meat festival in China, dismayed by the Faroe Islands’ pilot whale hunt, but cows, pigs, chickens? They don’t count. The animals themselves disappear, they’re no longer living, breathing, feeling individuals, they’re commodities, walking hunks of flesh waiting to be killed. This isn’t even about meat anymore, it’s about the industrialisation of living creatures. Do these animals feel fear, as they’re lead into the slaughterhouse over ground coated in blood ? Do they feel pain, as they’re hung upside down and a knife is thrust into their throat? We know, from the abattoir footage no-one wants to watch, that the answers to these questions is ‘yes’.
If we could live in a world where we could not only survive but thrive without eating animal products. If there was an abundance of plant-based food at our disposal. If eating this way was infinitely less harmful to the environment. Should we still choose to kill animals? If these three hypotheses are true, can there ever be a moral justification for doing what we do to animals?
Vegans are called ‘extremists’, but what really is more extreme? Gratuitously exploiting and killing living beings for their milk, eggs and meat, or trying to encourage people not to kill unnecessarily?
( Extracts from an article by Selene Nelson )

Health Is Not Just What You’re Eating

Owning A Dog Could Cut The Risk Of Early Death ..
Owning a dog after middle age could cut the risk of early death by 33%, a study claims.. Singletons aged 40 to 80 who had a pooch were also 11% less likely to suffer from heart disease.. And researchers, who studied 3.4 million people over 12 years, found dog owners in the age group were 36% less likely to die from a heart attack, circulation problems or strokes.
Senior author Tove Fall, of Uppsala University in Sweden, said, “We know that dog owners in general have a higher level of physical activity, which could be one explanation.. Other explanations include an increased well-being and social contacts or effects of the dog on the bacterial microbiome in the owner.”
The findings come after Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, chair of the Royal College of GPs, warned that loneliness is killing millions and is as dangerous as high blood pressure, diabetes and depression.
( Martin Bagot, 18.11.2017 )

Beef Burgers Contaminated With Bugs ..
Just before Christmas, Sainsbury’s cleared their shelves of ‘Taste the Difference’ Aberdeen Angus beef burgers amid fears they were contaminated with killer bug E.coli.. Twelve people had already fallen ill after eating them.
Watchdog The Food Standards Agency warned shoppers, “If you have bought any of the batches, do not eat them.”.. Symptoms include blood in diarrhoea, abdominal pain, and can cause a condition that results in kidney failure.

I am not biased because I am vegan.
I am vegan because after extensive research I have learned that besides being the most ethical decision, a plant-based diet is the best diet for my health and the health of the environment.
( Dr. Garth Davis )

When your body is hungry, it wants nutrients, not calories.

Being a vegan or vegetarian is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as possible, all forms of exploitation and cruelty to animals.
( Rose Winfold )

Exercise is a celebration of what your body can do.
It’s not a punishment for what you eat.

A New Cure To Treat Arthritis ? ..
Costing from £5,000, but not available on the NHS, the London Regenerative Clinic are offering a cure to treat arthritis.
A new treatment called Lipogems uses the natural healing properties found in your own fat cells to treat arthritic joints and potentially even avoid the need for invasive options, such as knee replacement surgery.. Your own fat is harvested via liposuction, then the juicy stuff, precursor stem cells, is extracted, prepared and injected directly into arthritic areas.. The cells then home in on the arthritic damage, and start regrowing tissue.

Patients Waiting More Than Four Hours On Trolleys ..
When someone runs an organisation into the ground, the boss usually gets sacked.
But the Tories keep them in the job.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt genuinely believes the NHS is better and safer.
Tell that to the 45,000 patients waiting more than four hours on trolleys.
Or the four million on waiting lists, the nurses at food banks and the chiefs who say staffing levels are so unsafe patients will die.
When Nye Bevan launched Labour’s NHS in 1947 he promised a healthcare system ‘based upon need and not the ability to pay’.. Hunt has changed that to treatment ‘free at the point of use’, if you’re prepared to wait up to 44 months for it.
This week the Department of Health admitted that we have a shortage of 50,000 doctors and nurses.. The growth of the private health service has led to a massive increase in firms’ profits from desperate patients.. Or they queue jump by paying for a private consultation and a fast-track to NHS treatment.
( John Prescott, 12.11.2017 )

Tory Neglect Coming Home To Roost ..
For the Tories to abolish A&E waiting time targets that are regularly missed is crass dishonesty on a dangerous scale.. The dilution, sidelining and abolition of National Health Service goals is the political equivalent of chopping down the mast in the hope nobody spots the white flag.. Because the Tories are surrendering in the battle to improve the NHS.. Instead they starve hospitals and doctors of precious funds while privatising chunks of the service to line the pockets of fat cats.. A&E units, at times, resemble war zones due to chronic underfunding and staff shortages – years of Tory neglect coming home to roost.
( Daily Mirror, 03.02.2018 )

Is Mobile Phone Use Linked To Cancer ? ..
A health boss who used his Blackberry phone for six hours a day has died of a brain tumour.. Ian Phillips, 44, spent his last months warning about the risks of long exposure to radiation from mobiles.. The hospital diagnostics chief claimed his tumour developed because his high-pressure job meant he spent more than 100 hours a month on his cellphone.
( Martin Fricker, 21.05.2016 )

There is no solid evidence to suggest a link between cancer and mobiles.. The problem is they are now so widely used that if someone develops a brain tumour it’s almost certain they have been using a mobile.. That’s not to say that the phone caused it.. Very large studies around the world have not proved a link.. However, the flip-side of this is that there is no evidence there is not a link.
( Professor Malcolm Sperrin, 21.05.2016 )

Taking Statins May Help Cancer Survival ..
Taking statins to cut cholesterol may slash the risk of dying from four common cancers, a study claims.. Scientists discovered ‘striking’ reductions in death rates among cancer patients who also had a high cholesterol diagnosis.. They think treatment with statins is the most likely explanation.. The study found high cholesterol was associated with a 43% lower risk of dying of breast cancer, 47% from prostate cancer, 30% from bowel cancer and 22% from lung cancer.. Dr Paul Carter, of Aston University, Birmingham, who presented the study at a conference in Florence, Italy, said, “We think there’s a very strong possibly that statins are producing this effect.”.. Researchers analysed the health records of almost a million cancer patients admitted to UK hospitals between 2000 and 2013.
( Andrew Gregory, 09.07.2016 )

Advantage Lentil-Munchers ..
For the past few years I’ve been a veggie, leading to raised eyebrows from some carnivores, and abuse from others, who think you are trying to claim moral superiority .. Even though you’re not.. And then there’s the taunts: “Don’t you think carrots feel pain” is a favourite, often followed with “If not eating meat is so good for your body, how come you never see a top sports star living off only vegetables?”.. To which I’ve just discovered the perfect two-word riposte: Serena Williams.. Not just a veggie but a vegan.. And clearly the weakest, sickest-looking tennis player ever to batter her way to 22 Grand Slam titles.. Advantage lentil-munchers.
( Brian Reade, 16.07.2016 )

Every vegan seems to have their own lightbulb moment when something clicked and they stopped eating animal products.
( Cambridge University )

Insulin Pill May Be Available Soon ..
An insulin pill for diabetics could be on the market within a few years.
The capsule, set to do away with daily injections, is the first oral insulin treatment to reach the last stage of trials before being granted a licence.. Delivering insulin in tablet form is considered ‘the holy grail of diabetes research’.. Experts from Israel and the U.S. have developed a coating to protect the pill from digestive juices in the stomach and mouth together with an ‘acid neutralising’ chemical released once the pill hits the intestines.. Insulin is then absorbed into the bloodstream directly.. Injected insulin takes a more roundabout route through the blood stream making blood sugar difficult to control for some.
( Martyn Halle, 01.08.2016 )

Germs In Refillable Water Bottles ..
Refillable water bottles are crawling with so many germs they are a worse risk than licking your dog’s toy, a study has found.. Tests on four types of bottles used for a week without being washed found those with slide tops had the highest bacteria count – more than 900,000 per square centimetre.. And half the bugs had the potential to harm.. Squeeze tops had 162,000 units and screw tops just under 160,000.. Some held germs known to cause pneumonia, blood infections and antibiotic resistance.. The authors said drinking from refillable bottles can be ‘worse than licking your dog’s toy’ or ‘eating a meal from your pet’s dish’.. Straw tops fared far better at 25 units, with most bacteria harmless.. Researchers said: “Water drips to the bottom of the straw rather than sticking around to attract moisture-loving germs.”.. After the tests – on athletes’ bottles – Treadmill Reviews suggested washing them every time in a mild bleach solution.
( Nicola Bartlett, 12.08.2016 )

Which vegetable has 77% of the recommended daily dose of vitamin C, is a good source of vitamin K, protein, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, magnesium, fibre, vitamin B6, the list goes on ?
The answer:  Cauliflower.
( Saira Khan, 14.01.2018 )

Health is not just what you’re eating, it is also what you are thinking and saying.
( Rose Winfold )

If a man earnestly seeks a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from animal food.
( Leo Tolstoy )

Those who think they have no time for healthy eating will sooner or later have to find time for illness.
( Len Firswood )

No disease, including cancer, can exist in an alkaline environment.
( Dr. Otto Warburg, Nobel Prize Winner in 1931 for proving that cancer can’t survive in an alkaline, oxygen rich environment, but thrives in an acidic, low oxygen environment )

A society that keeps cures a secret so they can continue to sell medication for huge profits is not a real society but a huge mental asylum.
( Alfredo Bowman )

Call For An Ambulance And You May Get A Fire Engine ..
The ambulance service is so over-stretched the Fire Brigade is being called out to more medical emergencies.. Latest figures show a 14% increase in the number of callouts with no blazes involved.. And deaths in those incidents where fire officers attended rather than paramedics have more than doubled in the past five years – rising by nearly two thirds last year alone.. The shock-data emerged as it was revealed how police had to take a heart attack victim to hospital because there were no ambulances available.
The Fire and Rescue service attended 173,759 non-fire incidents in 2016/2017 – 14% up on the previous year.. They included 5,088 fatalities, a 64% rise on 2015/16 and up 211% compared to five years ago.. The number of other casualties the brigade shipped to hospital last year from medical incidents where there was no ambulance was 32,928, a 21% increase on the previous year and 59% up on 2012.
( Keir Mudie, 28.01.2018 )

Lives Are Being Lost

We Are Losing The Battle Against Childhood Cancer ..
A terrifying 40% rise in children’s cancer is being blamed on modern life.
Experts warned of a cancer epidemic and identified fast food, computer tablets, mobile phones, car emissions and cleaning agents as contributing factors.
The huge rise, revealed in Child Cancer Awareness Month, means that 1,300 more children are affected each year than in 1998.. The stark news comes from the charity Children with Cancer UK, which demands the Government acts to ensure parents and parents-to-be are aware of wide-ranging lifestyle dangers.
Alasdair Philips, the charity’s trustee and science advisor says, “We are losing the battle against childhood cancer. It is so many lives lost, so many futures unfulfilled, so many devastated families.”
( Emily Retter, 04.09.2016 )

Humiliation Of Mixed-Sex Hospital Wards ..
The number of patients enduring the humiliation of mixed-sex hospital wards has soared by almost 50% under Theresa May… More than 8,500 patients were put in such wards during the Prime Minister’s first year at No 10, up on 5,700 the year before.. Hospitals are fined £250 per patient per day for breaching rules on keeping patients on single-sex wards.. The Tories vowed to eliminate mixed-sex wards completely in both their 2010 and 2015 manifestos but the pledge had vanished when it came to this year’s election.. From July last year, when Mrs May first moved to Downing Street, until June this year there were 8,546 instances of mixed-sex ward use – up 49% on the 5,720 in the year before.
Shadow Health Minister Justin Madders said, “Patients expect dignity and respect in hospital but this Government is letting them down.”.
Norman Lamb, the Lib Dem health spokesman, added, “It’s an utter scandal and an affront to basic human dignity. We need to make sure the Tories start properly funding the NHS to end this intolerable practise.”
( An extract from an article by Andrew Gregory, 22.07.2017 )

Palm oil, used in crisps and chocolate, was found to cause the cancer protein CD36 to spread, says a study in the journal Nature.
( Metro, 08.12.2016 )

Duty NHS Doctors Treating Private Patients ..
A surgeon claims his NHS Trust spent £1million fighting him after he blew the whistle on malpractice.. James Akinwunmi, 52, said emergency cases were turned away as duty doctors treated private patients and that some staff fraudulently claimed double pay.. But he was fired – his marriage collapsed and his kids became estranged.. The neurosurgeon at Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, spent £100,000 clearing his name.. Now the Trust has lost an appeal against an unfair dismissal ruling.
( Sunday Mirror, 23.07.2017 )

A Daily Aspirin Is Worth The Risk ..
The benefits of an aspirin a day outweigh the risks , according to new research.
Although the drug raises the chance of stomach bleeding, the bleeds are less serious than those that can occur in people not taking the drug, said the study.. Aspirin is already known to cut heart disease and cancer.
Professor Peter Elwood, of Cardiff University, said he hoped the research will lead to wider use of aspirin among the elderly.
( Daily Mirror, 02.12.2016 )

Could Liquid Aspirin Fight Brain Tumours ? ..
Aspirin is a very simple substance.. It’s chemical structure is so tiny that, compared to molecular monsters like proteins and carbohydrates, it can cross the ‘blood-brain barrier’ – an obstacle that has so far stopped cancer drugs reaching and attacking brain tumours.
Scientists say the results of early tests show a drink of liquid aspirin is ten times more effective than any existing chemotherapy drug at killing brain cancer cells and could save the lives of thousands of brain cancer patients.. The hope is liquid aspirin could be bolted on to cancer drugs to form powerful combinations to attack brain tumours.. This Portsmouth University research has been hailed as a ‘game-changer’ by experts.
( Dr Miriam Stoppard, 02.12.2016 )

More Children Suffer From ‘Obesity’ Disease ..
Toddlers are being treated in hospital for a killer liver condition linked to obesity and fizzy drinks.. Alarming new figures show the number of under-18s admitted in England with fatty liver disease has more than doubled in five years.. Last year 185 kids were treated – including 27 not yet of school age.. The stats from NHS Digital likely show the tip of the iceberg, as only the worst cases end up in hospital.
Dr Jude Oben, a consultant liver specialist at London’s Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital. said medics had an ‘epidemic’ on their hands.. The condition is caused by a build-up of fat in the liver that can lead to cirrhosis and raises the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Dr Oben added, “You can be carrying the problem possibly for years before you start to feel unwell and by then you will have done some serious damage to your liver.”.. A recent study at the University of Southampton found children who consumed excessive amounts of fructose were more likely to have the advanced form of fatty liver disease.. Just one 500ml bottle of cola can contain double the recommended daily amount for children.. Jane DeVille-Almond, of the British Obesity Society, said, “It drives me mad that parents are so reluctant to see their kids are becoming obese because of what they are feeding them. Giving them treats like fizzy drinks is not kind, it is killing them.”
( An extract from an article by Nicola Fifield and Martyn Halle, 02.04.2017 )

Hidden Benefits Of Statins ..
Several studies have suggested that statins may cut the chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease.. One in journal Neurology found taking them for at least two years reduced the risk by 15% for women and by 12% for men.
A study found statins could cut the chances of dying from breast cancer by 43%, prostate by 47%, bowel by 30% and lung by 22%.
Better Eye Health Research has found a link between statin use and a decreased risk of eye cataracts.. Studies have found patients who take statins significantly lower the chances of developing rheumatoid arthritis.
( Sunday Mirror, 07.05.2017 )

Lives Are being Lost ..
The former head of the Army has blasted defence chiefs for failing troops with post-traumatic stress disorder, leaving them to rely on a charity helpline instead.
General Sir Richard Dannatt said, “Lives are being lost.. We cannot penny pinch or seek efficiencies where the lives of our people are at stake.. The Government’s failure to support our troops is a breach of the Armed Forces Covenant.. In 1917, they didn’t understand shell shock, but in 2017 we do understand PTSD.”
A major study has found recent wars, including Iraq and Afghanistan, left 83,000 British troops physically or mentally scarred.
( Sean Rayment and Dan Warburton, July 2017 )

Medical Staff Leaving The NHS ..
The number of stressed workers quitting the NHS has more than doubled in just four years.. New figures show nearly 14,000 staff left last year because they wanted a better work-life balance.. In 2011/2012 the figure was 6,727.. The number who left for health reasons also soared, from 2,138 four years ago to 3,068 last year.
Unions say the NHS is spending millions on agency staff to plug gaps and claim patients will be at risk from dangerous staff levels.. Figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre shows nearly 67,000 clinical staff, including 15,656 doctors and 31,546 nurses, left the NHS last year.
( Nicola Fifield, 12.06.2016 )

Tories Have Never Liked The NHS ..
It’s been said that the Government doesn’t have a plan for the NHS.. I disagree.
It has been clear for some time that the Government has been on a rubber-stamped mission to run the NHS into the ground.. Tories have never liked the NHS.. They have serially failed to understand that Health and Education are the two fundamental requirements of a civilised society.. The warning signs have been festering and growing since 1979, the ominous year that witnessed Margaret Thatcher’s ascendancy to Prime Minister.. I was training within the NHS as a radiographer at the time and witnessed the implementation of her 1980 Health Services Act, which encouraged people to use private medical services.. I witnessed the queues growing as those who could afford to pay for those services in NHS hospitals jumped to the head of the line.. Waiting lists increased.. Wards closed.. Agency staff were hired at £200 per shift, a fortune back then.. The public remained committed to the NHS even as concern about the level of spending grew.. There was talk of the ageing population and increasing reliance on costly new technology, as well as the need for increased funding.. It all has a depressingly familiar ring about it, doesn’t it ?
( Fiona Phillips, 14.01.2017 )

Is Eating ‘Meat’ Killing Us ?

Is Meat Killing Us ? ..
In a paper entitled ‘Is Meat Killing Us ?’, doctors from the Mayo Clinic in Arizona said a vegan diet had been shown to “reverse” cardiovascular disease, reduce blood pressure and the risk of getting diabetes.. The review, published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, covered studies that looked at the health of a total of 1.5 million people.. A vegan diet has been shown to improve several parameters of health, including reversal of CVD, decreased body-mass index, decreased risk of diabetes, and decreased blood pressure in smaller studies.
A 2003 study found a “decreased risk of 25% to nearly 50% of all-cause mortality for very low meat intake compared with higher meat intake.
Lynne Elliot, chief executive of the Vegetarian Society, said the tide of public opinion was moving in their direction.. She pointed to the British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey which found three in 10 people in Britain said they had reduced the amount of meat they eat in the past 12 months with 58% citing “health reasons”.. “For people who want to improve their health, plant-based eating has a lot to offer,” she said in a statement.. “This global review comparing meat and vegetarian diets appears to confirm the findings of similar British studies.. Vegetarians have lower rates of significant health problems such as cancer (10% lower) and heart disease (32% lower).. But UK studies also indicate that in addition vegetarians have lower rates of other common illnesses such as diabetes, kidney stones and high-blood pressure.”
( Ian Johnston, Science Correspondent, The Independent, May 2016 )

A Serious Public Health And Environmental Justice Issue ..
Animal agriculture is an extremely cruel, inefficient, and resource-intensive way to produce food for the growing human population. It pollutes our environment while consuming huge quantities of water, grain, petroleum, and pesticides. It also subjects animals to extreme confinement, mutilations without painkillers, and ruthless slaughter. But industrial animal farms aren’t just awful for animals and the planet; they’re also a serious public health and environmental justice issue for nearby communities. People living near factory farms have complained that farmers spray faeces and urine into the air to “dispose of” the waste.
The Natural Resources Defence Council states: People who live near or work at factory farms breathe in hundreds of gases, which are formed as manure decomposes. For instance, one gas released by the lagoons, hydrogen sulfide, is dangerous even at low levels. Its effects, which are irreversible, range from sore throat to seizures, comas and even death. More often than not, these facilities are built near low-income communities and communities of colour. While the grave consequences of factory farming are vast, we all have the power to create a better world every time we sit down to eat. By choosing delicious vegan foods, we can stand up for vulnerable communities who suffer discrimination, spare countless animals a lifetime of misery, and stop wasting resources.
( Sarah Von Alt, 27.02.2017 )

Drug-Stuffed, Disease-Ridden, Shit-Contaminated ..
Scientific studies and government records suggest that virtually all (upwards of 95% of) chickens become infected with E. coli (an indicator of fecal contamination) and between 39 and 75% of chickens in retail stores are still infected.. Around 8% of birds become infected with salmonella (down from several years ago, when at least one in four birds was infected, which still occurs on some farms).. Seventy to 90% are infected with another potentially deadly pathogen, campylobacter.. Chlorine baths are commonly used to remove slime, odour, and bacteria. Of course, consumers might notice that their chickens don’t taste quite right – how good could a drug-stuffed, disease-ridden, shit-contaminated animal possibly taste?.. But the birds will be injected (or otherwise pumped up) with “broths” and salty solutions to give them what we have come to think of as the chicken look, smell, and taste.
A recent study by Consumer Reports found that chicken and turkey products, many labeled as natural, “ballooned with 10 to 30% of their weight as broth, flavouring, or water.”
( Jonathan Safran Foer ) 

Meat Consumption And Cancer Risk ..
The World Health Organisation has determined that dietary factors account for at least 30% of all cancers in Western countries and up to 20% in developing countries.. When cancer researchers started to search for links between diet and cancer, one of the most noticeable findings was that people who avoided meat were much less likely to develop the disease.. Large studies in England and Germany showed that vegetarians were about 40% less likely to develop cancer compared to meat eaters.. Two themes consistently emerge from studies of cancer from many sites : vegetables and fruits help to reduce risk, while meat, animal products, and other fatty foods are frequently found to increase risk.. Consumption of dietary fat drives production of hormones, which, in turn, promotes growth of cancer cells in hormone-sensitive organs such as the breast and prostate.. Meat is devoid of the protective effects of fibre, antioxidants, phytochemicals, and other helpful nutrients, and it contains high concentrations of saturated fat and potentially carcinogenic compounds, which may increase one’s risk of developing many different kinds of cancer.
( Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine )

Humans Are Not Natural Carnivores ..
Although we think we are, and we act as if we are, human beings are not natural carnivores.. When we kill animals to eat them, they end up killing us, because their flesh, which contains cholesterol and saturated fat, was never intended for human beings, who are natural herbivores.
( Dr William C. Roberts )

It’s The Way Things Are ..
We send one species to the butcher and give our love and kindness to another apparently for no reason other than because “it’s the way things are”.. When our attitudes and behaviours towards animals are so inconsistent, and this inconsistency is so unexamined, we can safely say we have been fed absurdities.. It is absurd that we eat pigs and love dogs and don’t even know why.. Many of us spend long minutes in the aisle of the drugstore mulling over what toothpaste to buy, yet most of us don’t spend any time at all thinking about what species of animal we eat and why.. Our choices as consumers drive an industry that kills ten billion animals per year in the United States alone.. If we choose to support this industry and the best reason we can come up with is because it’s the way things are, clearly something is amiss.
( Melanie Joy )

When I was old enough to realise all meat was killed, I saw it as an irrational way of using our power, to take a weaker thing and mutilate it. It was like the way bullies would take control of younger kids in the schoolyard.
( River Phoenix, 1970-1993 )

Red Meat Is Strongly Linked To Bowel Cancer ..
Oxford University’s heart unit analysed the health consequences of a range of diets, concluding that eating meat no more than three times a week would prevent 31,000 deaths from heart disease, 9,000 deaths from cancer and 5,000 deaths from strokes each year.. In health terms, red meat is strongly linked with bowel cancer, while meat and dairy products high in saturated fat are causes of obesity and heart disease.. Environmentally, South American rainforests are being cleared, releasing climate change emissions, to grow animal feed and rear cattle for export to Europe.
( Martin Hickman, The Independent, 18.10.2010 )

Humans Are Not Designed To Eat Meat ..
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 )

Our Evolution And Physiology Are Herbivorous ..
Like the intestines of other herbivores, human intestines are very long.
Carnivores have short intestines so they can quickly get rid of all that rotting flesh they eat.. Human hands are perfect for grabbing and picking fruits and vegetables.. Most humans are “behavioural omnivores” — that is, we eat meat, so that defines us as omnivorous.. But our evolution and physiology are herbivorous, and ample science proves that when we choose to eat meat, that causes problems, from decreased energy and a need for more sleep up to increased risk for obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

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, 24.10.2015 )

Eating Red Meat Contributes To Premature Death ..
A study by Harvard School of Public Health researchers, published in March 2012, found that red meat consumption is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular and cancer mortality.. The results also showed that substituting other healthy protein sources, such as fish, poultry, nuts, and legumes, was associated with a lower risk of mortality.. The study adds more evidence to the health risks of eating high amounts of red meat, which has been associated with type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, and certain cancers in other studies.
The study provides clear evidence that regular consumption of red meat, especially processed meat, contributes substantially to premature death.. Choosing more healthful sources of protein in place of red meat can confer significant health benefits by reducing chronic disease morbidity and mortality.
Support for the study was provided by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the National Cancer Institute.

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 )

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.
( vegetarianbenefits.net )

Early humans had diets very much like other great apes, which is to say a largely plant-based diet, drawing on foods we can pick with our hands.. Research suggests that meat-eating probably began by scavenging, eating the leftovers that carnivores had left behind.. However, our bodies have never adapted to it.. To this day, meat-eaters have a higher incidence of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and other problems.
( Dr Neal Barnard )

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 )

Being vegetarian is okay, and in fact we have the Hadith in Islam that encourages us to eat less meat.
( Mohammad Al-Shirazi, Islamic author and scholar )

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.
( Hippocrates )

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 )

It is necessary to correct the error that vegetarianism has made us weak in mind, or passive or inert in action.. I do not regard flesh-food as necessary at any stage.
( Mahatma Gandhi )

I do not see any reason why animals should be slaughtered to serve as human diet when there are so many substitutes.. After all, man can live without meat.
( The Dalai Lama )

Oh, my fellow men, do not defile your bodies with sinful foods.. We have corn, we have apples bending down the branches with their weight, and grapes swelling on the vines.. There are sweet-flavoured herbs, and vegetables which can be cooked and softened over the fire, nor are you denied milk or thyme-scented honey.. The earth affords a lavish supply of riches, of innocent foods, and offers you banquets that involve no bloodshed or slaughter.. Only beasts satisfy their hunger with flesh, and not even all of those, because horses, cattle, and sheep live on grass.
( Pythagorus, c.570-c.495 )

He who, seeking his own happiness, punishes or kills beings who also long for happiness, will not find happiness after death.
( Buddhist Dhammapada )

The Cause For Almost All Life-Threatening Diseases ..
When humans began eating the flesh of animals, humans became diseased, their lives shortened.. There is no doubt that eating our animal friends, who have the same right to a life as we do, is responsible for almost all the life-threatening diseases that humans now suffer from.. It is not natural, nor moral, nor meant to be.
( Florence Emily Hookins, 1896-1962 )

We are all God’s creatures.. That we pray to God for mercy and justice while we continue to eat the flesh of animals that are slaughtered on our account is not consistent.
( Isaac Bashevis Singer )

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 )

I hold flesh-food to be unsuited to our species.. We err in copying the lower animal world if we are superior to it.
( Mahatma Gandhi )

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.

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

How to provide good and plentiful food is a most important question of the day.. It is certainly preferable to raise vegetables, and I think, therefore, that vegetarianism is a commendable departure from the established barbarous habit.
That we can subsist on plant food and perform our work even to advantage is not a theory, but a well-demonstrated fact.
There is no doubt that some plant food, such as oatmeal, is more economical than meat, and superior to it in regard to both mechanical and mental performance.
Such food, moreover, taxes our digestive organs decidedly less, and, in making us more contented and sociable, produces an amount of good difficult to estimate.
In view of these facts every effort should be made to stop the wanton and cruel slaughter of animals, which must be destructive to our morals.
( Nikola Tesla, 1900 )

Let him not destroy, or cause to be destroyed, any life at all, nor sanction the acts of those who do so.. Let him refrain from even hurting any creature, both those that are strong and those that tremble in the world.
( Suita-Nipata, Buddhist )

But for the sake of some little mouthful of flesh we deprive a soul of the sun and light, and of that proportion of life and time it had been born into the world to enjoy.
( Plutarch, c.45-c.120 )

Vegans Have A Lower Death Rate Than Meat-Eaters ..
Vegans have substantially lower death rates than meat-eaters, a major study has found.. The study has been published in the JAMA Internal Medicine Journal and reignites debate around increasingly popular vegan diets amid conflicting medical advice and evidence over their impact of proponents’ health.. The research was undertaken by scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital, who monitored health and diet records of more than 130,000 people over the course of thirty years.
They found every 3% increase in calories from plant protein was found to reduce risk of death by 10%.. The figure rises to 12% for risk of dying from heart disease.. By contrast, raising the share of animal protein in one’s diet by 10% led to a 2% higher risk of death from all causes.. This increased to an 8% higher chance of dying from heart disease.. Substituting eggs for plant protein led to a 19% reduction in death risk and eliminating unprocessed red meat saw a drop of 12%.
Lead scientist Dr Mingyang Song said, “Overall, our findings support the importance of the sources of dietary protein for long-term health outcomes.. While previous studies have primarily focused on the overall amount of protein intake – which is important – from a broad dietary perspective, the particular foods people consume to get protein are equally important.. Our findings suggest people should consider eating more plant proteins than animal proteins, and when they do choose among sources of animal protein, fish and chicken are probably better choices.”
The number of people in Britain who follow a vegan diet has increased 360% over the course of the last decade.
( Siobhan Fenton, Independent, 02.08.2016 )

The man who regards his own life and that of his fellow creatures as meaningless is not merely unhappy but hardly fit for life.
( Albert Einstein )