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Sick Animals = Sick People

Most people don’t know that the food they are eating comes from animals that are often sick. On today’s factory farms, we treat animals in unnatural ways that violate their basic species requirements. Genetic manipulation, growth hormone and antibiotic injections, and a complete lack of exercise and mental stimulation are standard in the industry. The result of this unnatural treatment is that most animals on today’s farms are sick and medicated, and as a consequence, so are we.

Diet related illnesses are at an all time high in our culture, and much of this can be traced back to the unhealthy animals that are providing our food.

A vegan diet can help to avoid many of the diseases and medical issues that are becoming more and more common in today’s society.

“It is the position of the American Dietetic Association that appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian diets or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and provide many health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases.”(1)

For example, did you know that people who eat a vegan diet...

  • have lower blood pressure(2)
  • have lower cholesterol levels
  • have lower rates of hypertension
  • have a lower Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • have lower rates of type 2 diabetes
  • have a 26% lower mortality rate from ischemic heart disease(3)
  • have a 40% lower incident of cancer(4)
  • are 10 times less likely to suffer from obesity(5)
  • and, on average, live 6 to 8 years longer than meat eaters(6)

Today, many medical practitioners place their patients on a plant based diet to prevent and reverse certain stages of life threatening illnesses. The idea that we need high amounts of protein, let alone animal protein and animal products is purely a misconception. Foods like grains, nuts, fruits and vegetables offer us a diet diverse in phytonutrients, antioxidants, fiber, fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids; all the necessary requirements for a functional healthy body.

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Sources
(1) The American Dietetic Association, http://www.eatright.org/About/Content.aspx?id=8357
(2) Ibid
(3) American Journal of Clinical Nutrition http://www.ajcn.org/content/70/3/516S.full
(4) Neal Barnard, M.D., The Power of Your Plate, Book Publishing Co.: Summertown, Tenn., 1990, p. 26.
(5) John Robbins, The Food Revolution, Conari Press: Boston, 2001, p. 58.
(6) Ibid

Number of animals killed in the world by the meat, dairy and egg industries, since you opened this webpage. This does not include the billions of fish and other aquatic animals killed annually.

Based on 2007 statistics from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations' Global Livestock Production and Health Atlas.

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