With the health crisis America has dug itself into - or more appropriately eaten itself into, there is a way out. The biggest percentage of disease is related to diet. Simple as that – diet. What you put in your mouth can determine your health.
If you had the ability to heal disease and even better – prevent the most prevalent diseases that are killing American’s off in mass numbers, would you consider it? Would you change your diet to save your life?
The major cause of cancer is diet related. Dr. T. Colin Campbell, famous for his bestselling book, "The China Study," detailing a 20-year study on cancer in relation to diet that proved that cancer can be turned on or off by what the subjects were fed.
The most prevalent diet related cancers, according to the Cancer Research Center (link 1) are colon/rectum, mouth, stomach and prostate in men, and breast, colon/rectum, stomach, mouth and uterus in women. There are more, although there isn’t enough evidence, yet, to state them here.
Cancer loves sugary foods, and foods rich in trans and saturated fats found in animal products, processed foods in all their toxic glory, and all forms of dairy.
Dr. T. Colin Campbell in his newest book Whole, “nutrition [eating whole plant foods] is the master key to human health."The remarkable health effect of this delicious eating lifestyle prevents 95% of all cancers, including those caused by environmental toxins.”
The Huffington Post Article, titled: "A Vegan Diet (Hugely) Helpful Against Cancer" (link 2) has some astonishing statistics, and further proof that cancer can be prevented and cured.
2. Heart Disease
The number one killer in America affects one in two men and one in three women that will develop some kind of heart disease in their lifetime. This killer is also diet related. I’m not sure about you but this silent killer is frightening. To think you might just keel over and die at anytime, without warning is scary.
Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease (link 3) has conducted a 20-year study on this disease in relation to diet: “Based on the groundbreaking results of his 20-year nutritional study—the longest study of its kind ever conducted…. irrefutable scientific evidence shows how we can end the heart disease epidemic in this country forever by changing what we eat.”
His solution to this growing and deadly disease? A vegan / plant based diet.
Diabetes is a debilitating disease affecting 300 million people in the world, and someone dying ever ten seconds from it’s spell. It is completely preventable, and reversible by diet alone. This disease leads to some pretty serious ailments such as heart problems, nerve damage, blindness, stroke, and kidney failure, lets not forget - in the extreme – loss of limbs.
Dr. Neal Bernard has had success with this rapidly growing disease. His book “Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes, The Scientifically Proven System for Reversing Diabetes Without Drugs”(link 4) has proven that a vegan diet, with limited sugars and oils can prevent and cure diabetes.
Now classified as a major disease in America, and claiming two third of adults in the U.S. alone. Kids are close behind at 17% of all children, remembering that obese is diagnosed and does not include the billions overweight and on their way to obesity.
The medical costs alone are at $168 billion in 2010 for treatment of obesity and its related diseases. Including, but not limited to heart disease, stroke, type-2 diabetes, and some types of cancer – making obesity the #1 preventable cause of disease related death.
Dr. Dean Ornish in his new book Eat More Weigh Less claims “it's no surprise that population studies show that meat-eaters have three times the obesity rate of vegetarians and nine times the obesity rate of vegans.”
5. Autoimmune Diseases
Things like type 1 diabetes, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, colitis, Crohn's disease, psoriasis, and more… is an act of the body attacking itself.
Just quiz Dr. Joel Fuhrman, (link 5) who has cured A.I.D., and suggests: “I urge everyone with an autoimmune disease to try natural methods (link 6) before resigning themselves to a life of dangerous medications and progressively worsening disease.” The strongest recommendation, no surprise - a vegan - plant based diet.
6. Global Warming
Our planet is warming, and although there are many skeptics that claim humans are not the cause, we can’t argue that Earth has been on a continue warming path for years. The major contributors, according to scientists who are “nearly certain that humans are the cause” (link 7) are saying its cause – greenhouse gas emissions.
What is the major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions? Methane. Methane is emitted from livestock and fecal lagoons. From Earth Save International: … by focusing entirely on carbon dioxide emissions, major environmental organizations have failed to account for published data showing that other gases are the main culprits behind the global warming we see today. As a result, they are neglecting what might be the most effective strategy for reducing global warming in our lifetimes: advocating a vegetarian diet.”
The pollution of our rivers, streams lakes and oceans can only be described as repulsive. As of 2009, 35% are considered uninhabitable by any living thing. The major cause is something most people are not aware of because of secrecy efforts – concentrated animal feeding operations, also known as CAFO’s.
The NRDC’s (Natural Resources Defense Council) (link 8) recent article, titled: Pollution from Giant Livestock Farms Threatens Public Health: Waste lagoons and manure sprayfields -- two widespread and environmentally hazardous technologies -- are poorly regulated, and is something in which the world needs to be conscious about.
I believe this title says it all, however, lets dig a little deeper for those who still believe eating meat is sustainable. When you’re raising billions of animals in small places, the feces has to go somewhere. It does, it is filtered into what is called a “waste lagoon” which sits aside the thousands of factory farms that cover our planet.
When one of those lagoons breaks, all hell breaks loose. Groundwater is contaminated with nearby populations claiming their drinking water smells like “shit” - gasses that accompany these lagoons are deadly and release harmful chemicals into the air. Rivers, lakes and streams are polluted, killing everything in its polluted path, and we end up with a dead zone in our ocean, which is growing annually.
The biggest environmental “Clean Water Act” fine ever issued by the EPA (link 9) was to Smithfield Farms, one of the biggest pig producers in the U.S. A whopping 12.6 million dollars and a stinging comment by Judge Rebecca Beech Smith who said, “Smithfield Farms had a significant impact on the environment and the public, and thus in total their violations of the effluent limits were extremely serious.”
And as you can probably guess, they’re not the only ones who are polluting our planet. The Center for Food Safety (link 10) has a lot to say about factory farms and their impact on our environment. The extreme damage to rivers and streams, chemical laden air, foodborne illness, wildlife destruction and contribution to climate change has significantly been proven a major “fail” in our food production system.
9. World Hunger
Since one in six people in our world are dying of starvation, to the tune of approximately 40,000 people each day dying from lack of food, the main culprit – animal agriculture.
The Worldwatch Institute (link 11) states, “In a world where one in every six people goes hungry every day, the politics of meat consumption are increasingly heated, since meat production is an inefficient use of grain - the grain is used more efficiently when consumed directly by humans. Continued growth in meat output is dependent on feeding grains to animals, creating competition for grain between affluent meat eaters and the poor.”
More… Dr. Walden Bello, Executive Director for the Institute for Food and Development Policy (link 12) notes, “Every time you eat a hamburger you are having a relationship with thousands of people you never met.”
The world’s thirst for blood, literally, is taking food out of the mouths of babes.
Most of the worlds’ agricultural land is used to grow food to feed livestock, or is grazed by livestock. Our planet cannot sustain these methods much longer.
10. The Animals
Animals raised for food, who are sentient beings, are forced to live and die in conditions most serial killers shouldn’t endure. But with no human voice, they have no choice when being born into slavery on a factory farm. They cry, they fight, and they scream with every ounce of voice available to them, for life, for freedom, for kindness and for love. Those cries go unheard.
Chickens are crammed into cages so tiny (battery cages) that they cannot even spread a wing, or turn around. The cages are wire, so their feet tend to grow around the cages and subsequently they die when they cannot reach food or water. Those dead chickens remain with the others for days, sometimes weeks and even months as reported by eyewitness investigators.
Pigs are more intelligent than dogs, and playful, funny and curious… they are put into gestation crates so small that they cannot even turn over. They develop phobias, painful sores and infections because their bodies cannot stretch, or move. It’s no wonder that 80% of antibiotics (link 13) used in the U.S. are injected into farm animals.
Cows don’t have it much better, although many try to graze on feedlots, once they hit the holding area, they’re crowded, then stunned with a bolt to their head, hung by one leg while still alive and their throats slit. Most of them experience excruciating pain and broken legs because of the force the machine uses to lift them. They’re in agony and this happens every second of every day.
If this sounds gruesome, imagine visiting a factory farm or slaughterhouse. Imagine their plight. Or worse, imagine being factory-farmed animals. Many people go vegan just because they cannot stand the thought of eating an animal that suffered so horridly.
Need proof? See: Farm to Fridge. (Link 14)
I want to leave you with a statement from a brilliant man who can sum it up in a few sentences:
From his newest book, Whole (link 15) - Dr. T. Colin Campbell, of Cornell University said: “nutrition is the master key to human health. The remarkable health effects of this delicious eating lifestyle prevents 95% of all cancers, including those caused by environmental toxins, and prevents nearly all heart attacks and strokes, reverses even severe heart disease, prevents and reverses type 2 diabetes so quickly and profoundly that, after three days eating whole plant foods, it’s dangerous for users to continue to use insulin. Now that’s lightning speed!”