Tuesday, September 09, 2003
Eating Animal Products is as Bad or Worse than Smoking
I thought you might find this interesting. Here are some factoids from the book "Eat to Live," by Dr. Joel Fuhrman.
"Today the link between animal products and many different diseases is as strongly supported in the scientific literature as the link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer. For example, subjects who ate meat, including poultry and fish, were found to be twice as likely to develop dementia (loss of intellectual function with aging) than their vegetarian counterparts in a carefully designed study. The discrepancy was further widened when past met consumption was taken into account. The same diet, loaded with animal products, that causes heart disease and cancer also causes most every other disease prevalent in America including kidney stones, renal insufficiency and renal failure, osteoporosis, uterine fibroids, hypertension, appendicitis, diverticulosis, and thrombosis." (Reference 65) Page 84
""Ironically, osteoporosis tends to occur in countries where calcium intake is highest and most of it comes from protein rich dairy products. The Chinese data indicate that people need less calcium than we think and can get adequate amounts from vegetable source plant food." (This was Dr. Colin Campbell speaking the head of the China Project.) He told the New York Times that there was basically no osteoporosis in China, yet the calcium intake ranged from 241 to 943 mg per day (average, 544). The comparable U.S. calcium intake is 841 to 1,435 mg per day (average 1,143), mostly from dairy sources, and, of course, osteoporosis is a major public health problem here." pg 85
Of course he goes into much more detail in the book. He describes other factors including sunlight and exercise in the osteoporosis etiology. He also states that, "studies show fruits and vegetables are protective against osteoporosis. (Reference 68)