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How a plant based diet can improve your health!
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Rainbow 
Hey guys, I want to start this thread because I have been studying this topic for many, many years, I have read a lot of health related books, watched almost 50 different documentaries and I myself am a vegan since 4 years now. I just hope you will take a few minutes to read this thread and watch some of the short videos which I will post in my next posts. After all a plant based diet can improve your health so much and even reverse diseases like cancer!

Top reasons to go vegan:

A healthier, happier you: A vegan diet is great for your health! According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, vegans are less likely to develop heart disease, cancer, diabetes, or high blood pressure than meat-eaters are. Vegans get all the nutrients that they need to be healthy, such as plant protein, fiber, and minerals, without all the nasty stuff in meat that slows you down and makes you sick, such as cholesterol and saturated animal fat.
Read the book "The China Study", watch the documentary "Forks Over Knives" to learn more about how healthy a plant based diet is.

Help feed the world: Eating meat doesn’t just hurt animals—it hurts people, too. It takes tons of crops and water to raise farmed animals. In fact, it takes up to 13 pounds of grain to produce just 1 pound of animal flesh! All that plant food could be used much more efficiently if it were fed directly to people. The more people who go vegan, the better able we’ll be to feed the hungry.

Save the planet: Meat is not green. Consuming meat is actually one of the worst things that you can do for the Earth. It is wasteful and causes enormous amounts of pollution, and the meat industry is also one of the biggest causes of climate change. Adopting a vegan diet is more effective than switching to a “greener” car in the fight against climate change.

It’s the best way to help animals: Did you know that every vegan saves more than 100 animals a year? There is simply no easier way to help animals and prevent suffering than by choosing vegan foods over meat, eggs, and dairy products.
Laws that protect cats and dogs specifically exclude farmed animals. Without legal protection these animals are subject to unimaginable pain and suffering during their short lives. They are mutilated without painkillers - teeth are clipped out, tails cut off, testicles ripped out. They are genetically manipulated to grow so quickly that their legs cripple under the weight of their bodies at just a few months of age. Dairy cows are raped and carry their babies for 9 months. Their babies are taken within hours of being born so you can drink their milk. Male chicks are thrown alive and fully conscious into a machine that grinds them into pieces - males are of no use to the egg industry. These animals - cows, pigs, chickens - are social and intelligent. They form friendships and family units. They love their babies. And yet we force them into short and miserable lives full of suffering, ultimately killing them while they are still babies themselves. Please choose compassion over violence.

Vegan food is delicious: So you’re worried that if you go vegan, you’ll have to give up hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, and ice cream? You won’t. As the demand for vegan food skyrockets, companies are coming out with more and more delicious meat and dairy-product alternatives that taste like the real thing but are much healthier and don’t hurt any animals.
You can make your own healthy icecream from frozen bananas which is healthy, yummy and where there is no cruelty involved! Check out her instagram page to see all the vegan deliciousness which is so colorful, alive and healthy: https://instagram.com/sheloveseating/

Meat is gross: Meat is often contaminated with feces, blood, and other bodily fluids—all of which make animal products the top source of food poisoning in the United States. Scientists at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health tested supermarket chicken flesh and found that 96 percent of Tyson chicken was contaminated with campylobacter, a dangerous bacterium that causes 2.4 million cases of food poisoning each year, resulting in diarrhea, cramping, abdominal pain, and fever. How can you expect to live healthy while eating something DEAD?!

Quotes from http://www.peta.org
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Top question about veganism from meat eaters:

Aren't humans natural carnivores?

While humans have eaten meat throughout history, there is significant evidence that we are better suited to a vegan diet. Carnivorous animals have long, curved fangs, claws, and a short digestive tract. Humans have flat, flexible nails, and our so-called “canine” teeth are minuscule compared to carnivores’. Human teeth are better suited to biting into vegetables, fruits, and grains than tearing through tough hides.

When you see dead animals on the side of the road, are you tempted to stop and snack on them? Does the sight of a dead bird make you salivate? Do you daydream about killing cows with your bare hands and eating them raw? If you answered no to these questions, congratulations—like it or not, you’re an herbivore.

According to biologists and anthropologists who study our anatomy and our evolutionary history, humans are herbivores who are not well suited to eating meat. Humans lack both the physical characteristics of carnivores and the instinct that drives them to kill animals and devour their raw carcasses.
In addition, the health problems associated with meat consumption—a leading contributor to heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, and obesity—should be an indication that we aren’t “meant” to eat meat. In addition, humans are capable of making ethical decisions. We can get all the nutrients we need from plant sources, which means that billions of animals are unnecessarily slaughtered every year at the expense of our health and the environment.

If I stop consuming dairy products, won’t that put me at greater risk for osteoporosis?

High-protein foods, such as meat, eggs, and dairy products, produce poisonous byproducts when they are broken down so the body buffers the toxins with calcium before they are eliminated. This leaches calcium from the body, including from the bones, resulting in a loss that cancels out the dietary intake of calcium from animal products. In countries where dairy products are not generally consumed, there is less osteoporosis than in the United States, where dairy consumption is among the highest in the world. The Harvard Nurses’ Health Study followed 78,000 women for 12 years and found that milk did not protect them against bone fractures. In fact, those who drank three glasses of milk per day had more fractures than those who rarely drank milk. To learn more, please visit PCRM.org.

Can a vegan diet provide adequate protein for sound human health?

Absolutely. Unlike animal protein, plant-based protein sources contain healthy fiber and complex carbohydrates. Animal products are often high in artery-clogging cholesterol and saturated fat, and the consumption of animal protein has been linked to some types of cancer. There’s no need to eat animal products to maintain good health, as a quick study of the facts about plant protein and nutrition shows.

Don’t humans have to eat meat to stay healthy?

Both the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the American Dietetic Association have endorsed vegetarian diets. Studies have shown that vegetarians have stronger immune systems than meat-eaters and that meat-eaters are almost twice as likely to die of heart disease, 60 percent more likely to die of cancer, and 30 percent more likely to die of other diseases. Consumption of meat and dairy products has been conclusively linked with diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis, clogged arteries, obesity, asthma, and impotence.

What about Vitamin B12?!

It is true that animal products contain B12, and strict vegetarians/vegans are at risk for B12 deficiency, but absorbing B12 from animal products is a very complex process and people who eat meat may be at equal or greater risk for B12 deficiency. Understanding why people who eat animal products may have low B12 levels requires a little knowledge of how we get B12. It is made by bacteria that live in soil and in the guts of animals. Cattle and other grass-eating animals get B12 and B12 producing bacteria from clumps of dirt around the grass roots that they pull up. Chickens and other birds get B12 from pecking around for worms and other insects. These animals store B12 mostly in their livers and muscles and some B12 pass into milk and eggs.

But, cattle no longer feed on grass and chickens do not peck in the dirt on factory farms. Even if they did, pesticides often kill B12 producing bacteria and insects in soil. Heavy antibiotic use kills B12 producing bacteria in the guts of farm animals. In order to maintain meat a source of B12 the meat industry now adds it to animal feed, 90% of B12 supplements produced in the world are fed to livestock. Even if you only eat grass-fed organic meat you may not be able to absorb the B12 attached to animal protein. It may be more efficient to just skip the animals and get B12 directly from supplements.

Is it ok to eat organic animal products?

We’ve all seen the grocery store packages of meat, eggs, and dairy products decorated with reassuring phrases such as “natural” and “free-range” and pictures of happy animals running near quaint country barns. But people who buy organic or “free-range” animal-derived food because they think that the animals are treated well are sadly mistaken.
Many organic and “free-range” farms cram thousands of animals together in sheds or on mud-filled lots to increase profits, just as factory farms do, and the animals often endure the same mutilations—such as debeaking, dehorning, and castration without painkillers—that occur on factory farms.
Organic, “natural,” “humane,” and “free-range” eggs, milk, and meat are filled with artery-clogging saturated fat and cholesterol just like conventional animal products. Major studies link the consumption of animal-derived food to heart disease, cancer, and other major health issues.
The only truly humane foods are those that don’t come from animals.

Seafood is high in fatty acids and low in fat, so it's healthy, right?

Much of the fish we find in the grocery store is factory farmed, which means they are given antibiotics and growth hormones with a highly unnatural corn diet. Because of that, they are not actually healthy. Many sea creatures also have super high cholesterol levels. And, any toxins in the water get passed onto humans, so they are often very high in chemicals.

The Bible says we should eat meat?!

There are thousands of different perspectives on the interpretation of the Bible, but nowhere does it say that humans are require to eat animals. In fact, a common view is that God put Adam and Eve in Eden to represent how he wanted humans to behave, and they ate no animal products while there.

Aren't you hurting plants by cutting them down?

Plants do not have nervous systems or anything structural that perceives pain. Additionally more plants are cut down to feed farm animals than to feed humans, so by being a vegan, you are still killing fewer plants than as a meat-eater.

Quotes: http://www.peta.org http://www.vegan-nutritionista.com/vegan-FAQs.html http://baltimorepostexaminer.com/carnivo...2013/10/30
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A Vegan Diet (Hugely) Helpful Against Cancer

If you're anything like me, the "C" word leaves you trembling. But today there is very good news to report: Research suggests you can improve your odds of never getting cancer and/or improve your chances of recovering from it. Not with a drug or surgery, although those methods might be quite effective. This is all about the power on your plate, and it's seriously powerful.

A 2012 analysis of all the best studies done to date concluded vegetarians have significantly lower cancer rates. For example, the largest forward-looking study on diet and cancer ever performed concluded that "the incidence of all cancers combined is lower among vegetarians."

That's good news, yes. But what if we're looking for great news? If vegetarians fare so much better than meat-eaters, what about vegans? Is that an even better way to eat? We didn't know for sure until now.

A new study just out of Loma Linda University funded by the National Cancer Institute reported that vegans have lower rates of cancer than both meat-eaters and vegetarians. Vegan women, for example, had 34 percent lower rates of female-specific cancers such as breast, cervical, and ovarian cancer. And this was compared to a group of healthy omnivores who ate substantially less meat than the general population (two servings a week or more), as well as after controlling for non-dietary factors such as smoking, alcohol, and a family history of cancer.

Why do vegans have such lower cancer risk? This is fascinating stuff: An elegant series of experiments was performed in which people were placed on different diets and their blood was then dripped on human cancer cells growing in a petri dish to see whose diet kicked more cancer butt. Women placed on plant-based diets for just two weeks, for example, were found to suppress the growth of three different types of breast cancer (see images of the cancer clearance). The same blood coursing through these womens' bodies gained the power to significantly slow down and stop breast cancer cell growth thanks to just two weeks of eating a healthy plant-based diet! (Two weeks! Imagine what's going on in your body after a year!) Similar results were found for men against prostate cancer (as well as against prostate enlargement).

How may a simple dietary change make one's bloodstream so inhospitable to cancer in just a matter of days? The dramatic improvement in cancer defenses after two weeks of eating healthier is thought to be due to changes in the level of a cancer-promoting growth hormone in the body called IGF-1. Animal protein intake increases the levels of IGF-1 in our body, but within two weeks of switching to a plant-based diet, IGF-1 levels in the bloodstream drop sufficiently to help slow the growth of cancer cells.

How plant-based do we need to eat? Studies comparing levels of IGF-1 in meat-eaters vs. vegetarians vs. vegans suggest that we should lean toward eliminating animal products from our diets altogether. This is supported by the new study in which the thousands of American vegans studied not only had lower rates of obesity, diabetes, and hypertension, but significantly lower cancer risk as well.

This makes sense when you consider the research done by Drs. Dean Ornish and Nobel Prize winner Elizabeth Blackburn; they found that a vegan diet caused more than 500 genes to change in only three months, turning on genes that prevent disease and turning off genes that cause breast cancer, heart disease, prostate cancer, and other illnesses. This is empowering news, given that most people think they are a victim of their genes, helpless to stave off some of the most dreaded diseases. We aren't helpless at all; in fact, the power is largely in our hands. It's on our forks, actually.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kathy-fres...50052.html
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Watch the official trailer of "Forks Over Knives". Only 2 minutes long.




The Dairy Industry in 60 Seconds Flat. If you can't handle 60 seconds in the dairy industry, imagine what it must be like for cows. Can YOU make it all the way through?




Factory Farming in 60 Seconds Flat:


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Thanks for posting this Peggy.
Im reading more and more lately about enzymes and what a strain on the body it is and to try and digest meat and it terrifies me to be honest.
Im trying to supplement with digestive enzymes and also putting some fresh herbs in my bigger meals so I have live enzymes to help digest food.
I couldn't watch the videos I fear they would be too upsetting.
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Yes Pom, it IS sad! But it can be changed. The message has to be spread, people have to know the truth. The more people go vegan, the less animal will have to suffer. Your money is your vote, everytime you buy meat, dairy or eggs you support the meat and dairy industry. Peace begins on your plate. Smile
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(25-07-2015, 07:58 PM)ELLACRAIG Wrote: Thanks for posting this Peggy.
Im reading more and more lately about enzymes and what a strain on the body it is and to try and digest meat and it terrifies me to be honest.
Im trying to supplement with digestive enzymes and also putting some fresh herbs in my bigger meals so I have live enzymes to help digest food.
I couldn't watch the videos I fear they would be too upsetting.


Ella, then at least watch the official trailer of "Forkes over Knives", there is absolutely no graphic content, I promise!

The videos definitely are upsetting Ella, but sadly it is the reality. It doesn't make it any better to look away. :-/

I have a friend who was a farmer in the past and I asked her if those pictures and videos from PETA and other organizations show what really happens or if they are exaggerated and she said they unfortunately are real and sometimes it's even worse! She is vegan now btw.
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Profile of an editorial published by Dr. Dean Ornish in the American Journal of Cardiology describing the optimal diet (no graphic content in this video)


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(25-07-2015, 08:50 PM)peggy Wrote: Profile of an editorial published by Dr. Dean Ornish in the American Journal of Cardiology describing the optimal diet (no graphic content in this video)



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SmileSmileSmile Thanks for this Peggy, for it is TRUE. POM

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