In Brief — Facts about the food humans eat that can lead either to improved health or to disease. [Written in July 2017.]
Eating Right Can Improve Your Life —
I made a mistake. Well, it was only a small one, but nevertheless one that could shorten many lives. Genes are only part of the equation. In January of 2015, aware of my longevity inheritance, I wrote the blog piece “Eat Your Veggies.” I recommended a vegetarian diet that would improve health while at the same time saving the lives of our fellow creatures and bettering the chances that Earth can survive human predation.
Doesn’t sound like a big deal, but it can make a big difference in whether we allow ourselves to be manipulated by the massive food industry, particularly large corporations; the medical community, including numerous doctors and hospitals; Big Pharma (the real drug pushers); and the politicians we elect. In short, do we remain dupes or do we take charge of the life or death aspects of our own lives? Changing what we eat is a simple act. Cheaper, too. Easy on the family budget.
A long-time friend who makes an effort to lead a balanced life sent me a documentary titled “What the Health.” It documents the ways the villains mentioned above do their manipulative dance while deliberately sacrificing all of us on the altar of Profit. The ultimate goal of the well-researched documentary is to point out the reasons we should change to a plant-oriented Vegan diet.
Being the person I am, I researched the film looking for both criticism and support. What I found was unqualified support for the message of the healing properties of a Vegan diet. The only criticisms I found were from industry sources pointing out the dangers of interfering with the market. Put bluntly, for the villains Profit is more important than human life. Heaven forbid we disturb the market.
Whatever you do, be sure to read “What the Health” (It can be found on Netflix). Read it all then return here.
Shocking Suffering by Our Fellow Creatures—
The size of the problem is apparent in the statistics. New Zealand, with a human population of about 4.5 million, has 7.5 sheep for every New Zealander. China has almost half a billion pigs while America is second with about seventy million pigs. Brazil is third with about forty million of the oinkers.
By the way, a pig is about as smart as an average three-year-old human yet it is frequently held in torturous little crates and gets to eat ground up pig meat. The next time you eat a pork chop, reflect on the fact that you’re probably eating pig fecal matter. Would food inspectors and researchers lie?
Chickens? As of 2009 there were nearly fifty billion — that’s 50 BILLION chickens — in the world, many of them in inhumanely crowded cages in huge factory farm sheds waiting to die to become those McNuggets McDonald’s serves. Republican politicians in assorted states are passing “anti-terrorism” laws to prevent compassionate activists from filming inhumane conditions most often used by huge factory farms. Profit…and lots of fecal matter, too!
And then there are helpless tortured calves that are torn from their mothers to become veal in your local market. Contemplate that the next time you serve veal cutlets. Their butchered mothers and fathers will help assure that meat-consuming humans get heart and lung diseases, diabetes, cancer and more. Oops! Upward go health care costs.
By now you have probably figured out that we humans are almost totally unaware of the monumental suffering imposed on our fellow creatures. We just don’t want to know some very uncomfortable facts, but we might just want to save the planet and its inhabitants by becoming vegetarians or Vegans.
Don’t Rock the Boat —
So what opposition will you find to eating only plant-based food? What pressures are doctors submitted to?
It may surprise you to learn that several professional medical associations opposed adding a mere seven hours of nutritional instruction for would-be doctors in medical schools in California.
While doctors are taught to diagnose and treat diseases, most don’t give attention to preventing illness. Preventive medicine gets short shrift. It cuts into profitable sick patient traffic.
Big Pharma, the world’s major drug pusher, spends millions of dollars to get doctors to prescribe their drugs. Hard-pressed and indoctrinated doctors learn it’s easier to prescribe drugs than it is to find cheaper and more effective ways to control a condition. Eating right gets ignored.
Politicians are easy targets for lobbyists to convince about the ways to keep restive constituents mollified. Both lobbyists and medial professionals make more money. Hospitals, too.
Your Responsibility —
Lest you think you are off the hook, you’re not. Don’t be so blindly trusting. Ask questions of your doctor. You might get lies or guesses, so take the time to learn how you can be healthier. The power rests in your hands.
You can often head off or reverse that disease limiting you. Eating intelligently is an important part of that quest. Eating a plant-based Vegan diet is the first step toward improved health.
Type “Vegan recipes” into your browser to find hundreds of delicious plant-based recipes. Your life is the most important gift you’ve ever been given. Treasure and care for it. Eat healthy! Eat plant-based food.
The Weekly Sampler—
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