Vegans, on the whole, experience remarkably less heart disease, high cholesterol, diabetes, strokes, obesity, asthma, high blood pressure, large bowel disorders, gallstones, various cancers, coronary artery disease, osteoperosis, kidney disease, and dementia, among other diseases.
Now we are going to go over a second reason that you can go vegan: health. The wealth of research and information on the health of being vegan is absolutely astounding. The little titbits I’m about to go over don’t even come close to scratching the surface.
Let’s start with a list of diseases from a diet rich in animal products: high cholesterol, coronary heart disease, diabetes, stroke, obesity, asthma, high blood pressure, large bowel disorders, various cancers, gall stones, coronary artery disease, osteoporosis, kidney disease and dementia.
Vegans have a ridiculously lower incidence of these diseases.
You may be asking, “well, if veganism was so healthy and eating animals was so detrimental wouldn’t doctors be saying something about this?” They are – and no, they are not hippie doctors or gym healers, these are medical doctors. Dr. T. Collin Campbell has spent over forty years as a scientific researcher doing federally-funded studies for organizations such as the American Institute for Cancer Research, the American Cancer Society and the National Institutes of Health.
Dr. Campbell says:
“Other research shows that various cancers, autoimmune disease, bone health, kidney health, vision and brain disorders in old age (like cognitive dysfunction and Alzheimer’s) are convincingly influenced by diet. Most importantly, the diet that has time and again been shown to reverse and/or prevent these diseases is the same whole foods, plant-based diet that I had found to promote optimal health in my laboratory research in the China Study.”
Then there is the fact that 95 percent of all food poisoning is related to animal products and then we have things like the swine flu, the bird flu and the mad cow scare. Have you ever heard of a “mad melon scare?” As Gary Yourofsky says “lettuce doesn’t shit.” Now, for the men out there, I know you have to be thinking “Well, I have to be manly and virile and so, I need to eat meat.” think about this: Animal products are high in fat. Diets high in fat restrict blood flow in the body. Blood flow (think about it) is absolutely essential for your most manly of man organs – in other words, vegans do it harder and longer.
If that isn’t enough to convince you, here are some super fit people who are vegan.
So, maybe you don’t care about animals, or the environment, or feeding the hungry; do it for the most American reason – no, the most human reason: your ego.
So, that wraps up our little nugget on health. I’m headed to the gym, Ooby is going to rest, and we will see you next time for the third reason to go vegan.
— Emily Moran Barwick