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 )

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 )

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 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 )

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 )

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