10 Medical Reasons to Go Vegan

By: Laura Farrell RN

Longevity- Vegans live longer, why? We will see as we examine each disease process on this list. Catherine Hagel -114 year old VEGETARIAN, despite her advanced age, she took no medications. Loreen Dinwiddie 108 year old Vegan, Missi Devi 105 year old and many more.
Osteoporosis- This is unbelievable, but true. Milk contributes to osteoporosis, in fact, in my opinion causes it. How? the mechanism is quite simple and has been known by the scientific community and the government for more than 100 years. I am a Registered Nurse, and was never taught this. Your doctor may not even know this, its simple but unless you stop and think about it, you miss it. The mechanism by which dairy causes osteoporosis is as follows: You drink your milk, your blood chemistry becomes acidic from the animal protein (this will never happen with plant proteins). Human beings normally have a neutral body and blood pH, once the body becomes acidic, the body must compensate, but how? Simple, the body releases calcium phosphate from the skeletal system which neutralizes the pH, great, except, that the calcium is not reabsorbed, it is excreted in the urine. The more dairy you consume the more bone mass you will loose. Why isn't anyone telling you this? Money or perhaps ignorance. Ask your doctor to do his/her own research on this issue. Remember that doc is just a human being and only knows what they've been taught.
Cancer-In the most comprehensive study of human nutrition ever conducted, "What protein consistently and strongly promoted cancer? Casein, which makes up 87% of cow's milk protein, promoted all stages of the cancer process. What type of protein did not promote cancer, even at high levels of intake? The safe proteins were from plants, including wheat and soy. As this picture came into view, it began to challenge and then to shatter some of my most cherished assumptions."
- Dr. T. Colin Campbell, author of The China Study. Prostate cancer is one of the most common malignancies worldwide, with an estimated 400,000 new cases diagnosed annually. Its incidence and mortality have been associated with milk or dairy product consumption in international and interregional correlational studies. As a result, case-control and cohort studies have further investigated this association and are described in this review. Of twelve case-control studies, six found significant associations, as did five of eleven cohort studies, with relative risk of prostate cancer among those with the most frequent dairy product consumption rangng between 1.3 and 2.5, with evidence of a dose-response relationship. Mechanisms that may explain this association include the deleterious effect of high-calcium foods on vitamin D balance, the tendency of frequent dairy intake to increase serum insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I) concentrations, and the effect of dairy products on testosterone concentration or activity. PCRM.org It is also interesting to note than cancer can only survive in an acidic environment.
Obesity- Dairy is loaded with growth hormones. Dairy is designed to grow a small calf into a giant animal in 6 months time. It is not designed for human consumption. No other animal on the planet consumes mammary secreations after weening except humans. Why? well because no animal, including humans are meant to consume it after weening. "The most powerful growth hormone in a cow's body is identical in structure (70 amino acids in the same sequence) to the most powerful growth hormone in the human body." Robert Cohen notmilk.com
Cardiovascular Disease- Unhealthy fats and bad cholesterol, there is no way to get these things in your body except by consuming animal products. There is no source of good cholesterol other than your own body. You produce all the good cholesterol you will ever need. No true omnivore or carnivore ever clogs an artery, ever!
Brain Damage- Many cases thought to be Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia can be linked to the consumption of animal products. Remember mad cow disease? It is a fatal neurodegenerative disease in cattle that causes a spongy degeneration in the brain and spinal cord. BSE has a long incubation period, about 30 months to 8 years (wiki Wiki article ). The Prion when consumed lodges itself in the neurological system, just like rabies, where it can lay dormant for many years. It is 100% fatal. It can manifest symptoms 5-10 years after that dollar menu burger. Why would anyone risk feeding that to their children? Simple, lack of knowledge. Symptoms of mad cow frequently mimic dementia. Mad cow can only be confirmed with an autopsy, just like rabies. In my medical opinion, every person who dies with dementia in the US should be tested for the human form of the disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.
Autoimmune disorders- Animal protein is now being linked to many autoimmune disorders such as multiple sclerosis. According to Dr. Colin Campbell, top USDA nutrition scientist in his collection of decades of nutritional research called "The China Study," undigested or partially-digested animal-based proteins (especially dairy) can leak out from an individual's slightly permeable intestinal wall (which many people do have) and into the blood stream, fueling the formation and growth of malignancies; and causing arthritis and autoimmune flareups. Another term or phrase for this "leakage" of protein is "foreign protein in the bloodstream." Plant-based proteins do not have this adverse effect (malignancies, arthritis, and autoimmune responses) and are never seen as foreign protein in the bloodstream. In addition to malignancies and arthritis, foreign protein in the blood is also responsible for many cases of autoimmune diseases such as lupus, diabetes, arteritis, pernicious anemia, MS, myasthenia gravis, Graves', Hashimoto disease, Croans Disease, kidney-related autoimmune disorders, and others.
Diabetes- Diabetes is an autoimmune type disease but deserves its own section. Contributing factors to diabetes in adults, are of course obesity, diet, lifestyle, genetics. What about childhood diabetes? One word, DAIRY. Why dairy? When a child consumes dairy products, the body reacts to the animal protein as a foreign invader, we are not designed to consume animal protein at all, we are herbivorous, the immune system kicks into high gear, so far no problem, but what happens when that immune system has dealt with all those invaders? It looks for more, and where does it find similar proteins? In the pancreas. The immune system then attacks the child's pancreas causing irreparable damage. Why aren't mothers taught about these risks? Money, big AG and politics.
Hyperlipidemia- In other words, high cholesterol. As stated earlier, the only way for you to get high cholesterol is to consume it in the form of animal products. All those pills the doctor is prescribing for you, at a cost of hundreds of dollars a month, can be tossed in the trash after a short period of time on a vegan diet. Why isn't the doctor telling you this? Pharmaceuticals are Big Money. Nobody makes money if you heal yourself through your diet.
Hypertension- HTN can have genetic or ethnic components, in other words, you may have little to no control over HTN; however, this is most often not the case. Most HTN is related to lifestyle ie diet, smoking, obesity. Lifestyle unlike ethnicity and genetics, can be changed. Heart Disease, cardiovascular disease, coronary artery diseases can be avoided. No human being should ever have to undergo coronary bi-pass, why, because no human should be consuming animal fat and cholesterol. We are not designed to process these foods. Our intestinal tracts are herbivorous, very long, designed for digesting plant based foods.
Strokes- Linked directly to CVD, CAD, HTN, obesity and hyperlipidemia, all of which can be avoided, and for those already suffering from these diseases, the good news is that many times, they can be reversed.
In conclusion, let me say nutrition is not very big in medical school, we teach doctors and nurses how to treat the symptoms of diseases more so than the diseases themselves. We push pharmaceuticals. I went vegan when I saw the conditions 98% of farmed animals are kept in, from there, I became expose to many truths which are in conflict with my medical training. I have begun to question the ethics of what I do for a living. I as most people in medicine, began this career to help people, the sad truth is that many times we do more harm than good. The medications cause more side effects which then require more meds to combat those. It is a viscous cycle which can be alleviated with a proper and correct diet.

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I have been a vegan since April of this 2011 when I saw the conditions most farmed animals are kept in. I was so appalled, that I went vegan that day. I just couldn't use my money to fund such cruelty. Read Genesis 1:29-31 and see what God intended for us to eat the christian vegan 10 Medical Reasons

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