Meat-Based Diet Hazardous To Health


K. Alexander-Young asserted in the Jan. 11 Roundup that "we are designed to eat and gain benefit from meat," and that "recent scientific studies show that the human brain requires meat-based proteins and enzymes during the prenatal and early developmental stages."

It is one thing to choose to eat unhealthy things, knowing they are bad for us. It is another to eat unhealthy things, believing they are good for us.

The U.S. meat and dairy industries have profited greatly by creating an animal-based protein obsession in the U.S. that has been steadily debilitating and killing us.

Our bodies were not designed to eat meat. True carnivores have sharp canine teeth to rip meat off bones. Human teeth are designed to grind fiber-rich foods such as grains, vegetables, legumes, fruits and nuts.

A predator doesn't chew up meat. He "wolfs" it down, digests it quickly in an acid-rich environment and excretes it through a very short and smooth "chute." Meat, milk and eggs have no fiber, and in a human, these products linger and putrefy in the colon before finally leaving our bodies. And they do a lot of damage on the way.

The list of chronic diseases that are directly related to a meat-based diet is long and painful. To name some: osteoporosis, diabetes, kidney disease, ulcers, atherosclerosis, diverticulosis, hemorrhoids, gout, hypertension, hiatal hernia. And, of course, the two top killers: heart disease and cancer. Sound familiar? They are virtually unknown in cultures where fiber intake is very high and animal intake is very low or non-existent.

A study conducted by the Journal of the American Dietetic Association revealed that "Pediatric developmental tests in vegetarian children indicated mental age advanced over a year beyond chronological age, and mean IQ was well above average" providing reassurance that brain development is normal.

A diet rich in nutritious whole foods (whole grains, B12-fortified cereals, vegetables, fruits, bean and soy products,nuts, seeds) provides an optimal diet for most people. Assuming you eat these foods and obtain enough calories, you will be provided with all the vitamins, minerals and proteins you need.

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, through its quarterly publication Good Medicine, discusses the latest in research relating to nutrition and preventive medicine. PCRM also promotes ethical research practices and compassionate medical policy. For anyone interested, the organization can be reached at 202-686-2210.

Anita Adams, Payson

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