Many, who have converted to a vegan or vegetarian diet, have done this mainly because of the gruesome mistreatment of animals and the injustice towards them. This is especially true in factory farming. Yes, this aspect alone could fill up volumes of books by the truckload, leaving you with a sense of deep disgust and revolt!
In this article, I will display the severe dangers meat has on your health and give you some incredible information on how meat affects the environment. If you do eat meat or are in some way associated with the meat industry, I would like to state that I am not here to convert you or change your beliefs. On the other hand, if you have started questioning whether you want to continue consuming meat, or working in the meat industry, I recommend you to read on so that you can get a better picture. This way you will be fully conscious of your choice.
So, let us begin…
The majority of society holds that meat is one of the prime sources of protein and furthermore categorizes it as a food group, which is essential for the maintenance of the human body. In fact, it is said that without meat, nutritional deficiencies may occur. It all sounds plausible and maybe it is true, but what if it is not? What if the opposite is true? What would happen if you were to find out that meat is not only unnecessary for the body but is also one of the leading causes of disease? Would you ignore the evidence supporting this or act upon it?
The anatomy and physiology of man is poorly adapted to the processing of meat. In fact, it cannot be done without some putrefaction (this in addition to the already putrefied content present in the meat). The body has a hard time eliminating the toxins derived from the meat. These toxins are the starting point of many degenerative diseases like gout, arthritis, heart disease, hardening of the arteries, stroke, osteoporosis, cancer and others.
When we look at the human anatomy and focus on the digestive system, we see that it is completely dissimilar to that of a carnivorous animal. Carnivorous animals have short intestinal canals and strong secretions of hydrochloric acid. This is so they can quickly expel the waste products of the flesh they consume, before putrefaction can occur. Their concentration of these flesh-digesting media is 1100% greater than humans.
Another interesting fact to note is that flesh-eating animals also have the enzyme uricase. Uricase degrades uric acid through oxidation, thereby catalyzing conversion to allantoin. Allantoin is much more soluble and harmless. Humans do not possess this enzyme. Humans absorb uric acid when meat is eaten. The uric acid stimulates the body like caffeine or other drugs until the body neutralizes it by drawing upon dissolved alkaline reserves. In the absence of such reserves, the body draws upon bones and teeth. So, what happens to the calcium urate crystals that are formed as a result of this neutralization? That which the body does not manage to expel, is brought to areas that causes least physiological harm. The body has a tendency to concentrate neutralized uric acid as calcium urate in the joints, lower back and the feet. These deposits lead to arthritis, bursitis, lower back pains, gout, rheumatism, etc.
The human digestive tract is about four times longer than that of a carnivorous animal and the gastric juices have less antiseptic and germicidal properties. The digestive tract of a human is corrugated or sacculated, the purpose being to retain the food as long as possible in the intestine and to increase its surface area. This allows all possible nutriments to be extracted from the food. In comparison, the intestine of the carnivore is short and smooth. This is so it can dissolve food rapidly and excrete it out of the system as soon as possible.
There may result a premature breakdown of the liver due to the excessive detoxification load given to that vital organ from flesh foods. Moreover, large quantities of uric acid created by a flesh diet can lead to disastrous effects on the kidneys. Dr. Robert Perk says that the excess of uric acid “causes contraction of the minute blood vessels, resulting in high arterial tension and often the blocking of the blood vessels by the uric acid. This results in serious interference with the circulation and blood supply to the tissues and throws great strain on the vital organs, especially the heart and kidneys.” (Scientific Vegetarianism, Szekely, p.44.)
When the body fluid that bathes our cells is overloaded with waste, the result is fatigue, weakening and aging. It is the accumulation of toxic substances in the body that causes a deterioration of the intestinal flora, and the blood vessels to lose their natural elasticity gradually. Instead, their walls become hardened and thickened.
Another interesting fact is that meats contain waste products that the animal did not eliminate. For example toxic hormones and fluids, which were released into the blood stream and tissues at the moment of death because, the animal was terrified. The cellular life of the animal continues after death and the cells continue to produce waste material, which are then trapped in the blood and decaying tissues.
Meat may also carry molds, spores, yeasts and bacilli picked up during postmortem, not to mention the already present bacteria infecting the living animal.
If you are a liver eater, pay close attention. Humans who eat livers of the animal are bombarded with an even greater concentration of waste products and toxic substances. This is because the liver is the filtering organ of the body, and for that reason is loaded with elements the human body cannot use. Liver eaters will enjoy higher concentrations of mercury, artificial hormones, plus other “goodies” that remain in the animal’s disposal system.
In Britain, tests have shown that the pesticide residue levels are highest in meat eaters, lower in lacto-vegetarians, and lowest in total vegetarians. This is because of the concentrating factor as the contaminant goes through the additional link in the ecological chain. The animal concentrates the pollutant in its body. The meat eater may eat in a few minutes the pesticides that an animal has accumulated over a lifetime. A study by the Washington, D.C. based Environmental Defense Fund revealed that breast milk of vegetarian women contained significantly lower levels of pesticide residues than that of meat-eaters.
Meat contains virtually no carbohydrates and is excessively high in fat and concentrated protein. Flesh foods also have little fiber. Because of this, it can take up to 77 hours instead of the usual 30 hours for it to transit through the gastrointestinal tract.
Dr. Bircher-Benner, the great Swiss physician, said, “Meat does not give strength. Its composition is one-sided, lacking certain minerals and vitamins, and it introduces too much fat and protein into the system, disturbing the balance of nutrition and giving rise to intestinal putrefaction.”
The so-called “strength” we receive from meat is based entirely on the stimulating effects it has upon the system. This stimulation is caused by the various poisons, or toxic substances, introduced into the system. It is also for this reason that those who leave meat will experience a feeling of lassitude and weakness for the first few days. What they are really experiencing is the reaction which invariably follows such stimulation. This feeling of weakness or “all-goneness,” is in no way proof that the diet is weakening the person. In fact, it is to be expected. After the initial reaction wears off, an increasing level of energy and well-being will generally follow.
Bone calcium is at dangerously low levels in meat eaters, compared to vegetarians, especially in people over the age of fifty. High protein diets (especially with meat protein) increases the urinary excretion of calcium. This means that vegetarians are less prone to osteoporosis. H.J. Curtis’ Biological Mechanism of Aging gives documentation of the role of high protein diets, particularly animal protein, in causing osteoporosis. Calcium is transferred from the hard tissues (bones) to the soft tissues (arteries, skin, joints, internal organs and eyes). The transfer of calcium to the soft tissues results in catastrophic fractures, hardening of the arteries, wrinkling of the skin, arthritis, the formation of stones, cataracts, high blood pressure, degeneration of internal organs, loss of hearing, senility and cancer.
Now if you think supplementing calcium and magnesium will help, think again. At the University of Wisconsin researchers found that when the protein intake of young men was raised to 140 grams per day, they all started to lose bone calcium, even though they took liberal amounts of calcium and magnesium supplements and protein extracts, which contained no fat and little phosphorus. The supplements did not help at all! (Here is an article if you wish to know more about supplements: https://bambushoe.com/2014/03/08/vitaminsupplements/ )
A plant eater is able to utilize one-tenth of the energy stored in his food, whereas a meat-eater utilizes from meat only one-hundredth of the energy that was originally stored in the primary source, the plants. In reality, there is not one amino acid in flesh that the animal did not derive from plants.
Now, diet alone is not the single component that causes cancer and other degenerative diseases, but optimal nutrition does play a fundamental role in staying healthy.
Flesh eating is defended almost entirely on the premise that it is a source of superior proteins and of course of vitamin B12. These two subjects are so interesting and fun to write about, that I will be dedicating an article to each of them.
There is a fear that if we do not eat meat, the body will start showing signs of nutritional deficiencies. These deficiencies by the way are also present in meat eaters and are usually caused due to the body’s inability to absorb nutriments efficiently. This can easily be reversed if you increase your raw food intake. You can do this by eating a big salad before a meal. This will add lots of fiber into your diet and a plethora of other vital nutrients into your body. I would also suggest doing a fast under professional supervision so that the body can undergo a good “house cleaning”.
Here are some mind-blowing facts on how meat affects the environment:
– Those who eat meat consume the Earth’s resources four times as much as those who do not.
– 70% of what used to be the rain forest has been destroyed for the cultivation of food for the animals that are eaten.
– Every time we bite into a hamburger, we lose 20-30 vegetable species and a dozen mammals, reptiles and birds.
– You need one kg of vegetable proteins to make 60 grams of animal proteins.
– In order to produce a steak that gives you 500 Kcal, the cow must get 5000 kcal. This means that the cow needs to eat a quantity of grass that contains 50,000 kcal! In addition, of those 500 kcal, the human body is only able to utilize one hundredth of the energy that was originally stored in the primary source, the plants. Talk about wasting energy!
– To produce 1 kg of beef consumes sufficient energy to keep a light bulb of 100 kilowatts on for twenty days.
– Another great impact that the production of meat has, is the water necessary to produce a kg. Here are some products, so you can compare the difference:
– Corn requires 900 liters
– Rice requires 3000 liters
– Chicken requires 3900 Liters
– Pork requires 4900 liters
– Beef requires 15500 liters
– The production of meat is the highest consumer of earthly resources.
– 70% of all agricultural farming is for the cultivation of food for the animals that will be eaten. This by the way uses 30% of the Earth’s surface!
– 70% of cereals, soy and seeds produced every year in the U.S.A. serve to feed animals instead of humans.
– In 2009, nearly 1 billion humans did not have enough to eat, while diseases of affluence like diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer affected one billion humans. This is mainly due to unhealthy eating habits.
To me it looks like that which causes an imbalance in the world, also causes an imbalance in the human body. When I use the word imbalance, I am really being nice. This “imbalance” is causing so much unnecessary destruction, yet this must be what the world needs otherwise it would not be so. However, maybe, just maybe we are starting to realize how much we, as individuals, are affecting the world and our body. Moreover, by becoming aware of this, we are able to make the conscious decision of choosing whether we wish to proceed with this lifestyle or not.
When we look at the facts, we see that the production of meat destroys the environment, keeps animals in unsanitary conditions and then kills them, and finally, destroys the health of the humans eating it! Do we really deem meat-eating justification for the sole purpose of gustatory delight? Is it worth destroying our home planet, butchering animals and sabotaging our health, just to pleasure our perverted palate? Is any money in the world worth having, if I know I am helping to kill my fellow citizens, kill animals and support the extirpation of my own home planet?
We all leave a fingerprint in the evolution of humanity; with this fingerprint, we pass our legacy to the next generation. The question I asked myself is this; how do I wish to leave this planet? I am going to die anyway, whether I die with all the worldly possessions and power I have accumulated, or as a penniless bum. It makes no difference. We all enter and leave this life the same. I look upon the world and wish to contribute, and one of the easiest ways for me to do so is by having a meat-free diet.
You and only you are responsible for the actions you take in your life. Not society, not your family and friends, not the government and not those sneaky advertises who are doing a superb job at marketing their products. Take full responsibility for your actions and transform your stance from being the victim, to being the one in charge. At least if you do decide to eat meat, be fully aware of what you are doing. Own the fact that you are consciously aware of harming the environment, killing animals for no other purpose than gustatory delight, and destroying your health. It may not be the time for you to stop eating meat, but at least you are not oblivious to the disastrous effects relating to this useless product.
Some of the information given in this article comes from the Essential Natural Hygiene course from Dr. Robert Sniadach. Anyone interested in doing his course and receiving an enormous amount of incredible information, can visit his website http://www.transformationinstitute.org