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Alcoholism vs. Meat Eating

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Hello Vegalicious Ones and Happy Halloween,

How does alcoholism and being a meat eater relate? Well, I have been mulling this idea over for a couple of weeks now and this morning, at 5 am after feeding the dog and cat, I just couldn’t go back to bed because of this post…so here are my thoughts on the topic. This is a post that I will be returning to work on because I’m sure I’ll get more insights over the next few days and weeks.

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How many times have you heard a meat eater say, “I just could not go vegetarian or vegan because I love “my meat”? vs. the alcoholic who says, “I can’t give up drinking because it relaxes me after work, makes me feel __________ “(fill in the blank) or whatever. If you’re a vegan reading this, you’ve more than likely heard this excuse quite a few times.

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The meat-eating addict typically asks, “What’s wrong with eating meat?” vs. the alcoholic saying, “What’s wrong with drinking? Everyone does it! I don’t drink that much. I only drink occasionally…”Ahem! Yea right, you show up red nosed and smelling like alcohol to your VIP job one too many times…and now you’ve lost your job once again, but you complain and tell others that it’s “Their fault …because they are losers!” You also complain that your friends and family are not there for you when you call and beg for money, which would be akin to dumping money into a black hole! Meat eaters say things very similar, like “I don’t eat that much meat or I only eat chicken!” Meanwhile, 56 BILLION farmed animals are killed each year by humans. Tell me again, how you’re not eating that much meat and not addicted, please!

Alcoholics get very defensive about their drinking habits, but so does meat eaters about their eating habits and calf suckling habits. During this cold season, woe those of you who try to say something to a sick coworker…even if it is with the best of intent…and you tell that person to stay away from yogurt or drinking cows milk because it is known to worsen congestion and encourages mucus/phlegm production. Well, you might just be in for someone’s full-on rageful outburst! (I’m speaking from experience, so don’t go there…It’s not worth it! Let them suffer and keep your mouth shut! Mine flew open…in one instance… but trust me, I wish I hadn’t! I wanted to help, but it was taken the wrong way.) Then you come to realize as with the alcoholic friend(s) that…

Young Alcoholics

…you can’t save them! Alcoholics have to reach rock bottom before they want to change. No one can make an alcoholic stop drinking! That’s a fact! I have one friend who is a recovering alcoholic and we’ve had long conversations about another friend with a serious problem. The advice he gave me was to eventually walk away from my friend, which I’ve sadly had to do. Abusive behavior, whether in my personal life or at work, will not be tolerated…especially when you’re just trying to help someone get better! However, they do not see it as such! They see it as an attack! And when you think about it, meat eaters react the same exact way! I truly believe that most meat eaters have to reach their first heart attack, get cancer or develop diabetes before they start looking for other answers and realize that there’s plenty of other delicious, healthier options to eat and drink out there!

AA Meeting

Vegans talk about getting their blinders removed to the truth about factory farming, animal abuse/rights, and meat consumption. Alcoholics talk about similar things, like the photo above so beautifully illustrates – wearing a bag over one’s head and being ruled by alcohol before reaching “rock bottom” and knowing that they must change before they literally kill themselves. Meat eaters, on the other hand, are ruled by flesh-eating and often combine it with alcohol!

One has to ask oneself, “Can I go a day without eating meat? A day without drinking alcohol?” How about two days? If the answer is “No” then there’s definitely addiction going on!

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One day, I realized what a terrible, gross and absurd thing eating meat was…to eat someone else’s flesh! YUCK! Stop and think about that for a moment!…….You’re not a meat-eating zombie nor a cannibal, right!? Let’s hope not! Yea, I know zombies don’t exist, but one can imagine…and besides, we were not designed for it. Nor were we designed to smoke cigarettes nor drink enormous amounts of alcohol. Common sense would tell you that it is bad for your health…and with so much information out there on the dangers of it – one would assume that most people would “get it”!

The World Health Organization (WHO) has recently declared that hot dogs, bacon, and processed meats are carcinogenic! But will that stop most people from eating it? I seriously doubt it because addiction, whether it is to alcohol or meat, will rule until the individual encounters such a life-altering blow that leaves them with no other options than to stop!

Not alcoholics

What excuses have you heard? What excuses, for still consuming animal products or drinking alcohol, do you have? Are you ready to change that or do you have to reach rock bottom or encounter the words by a physician such as, “You have to stop now or you will end up dead!” This has been told both to a friends mother and to another close friend of mine. One because of diet and the other due to alcoholism! What will it take for you or a loved one to change?

Chained to alchol...or meat?
              Chained to alcohol…or meat?

Further Links to check out:

Hot Dogs, Bacon, and other Processed Meats Cause Cancer… https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonkblog/wp/2015/10/26/hot-dogs-bacon-and-other-processed-meats-cause-cancer-world-health-organization-declares/
Meat and Dairy Eaters Anonymous Is Alcoholics Anonymous For Vegans, World Health Organization Declares http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/youngandhungry/2015/06/03/meat-and-dairy-eaters-anonymous-is-alcoholics-anonymous-for-vegans/
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Plant-Based Vegan Interviews

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Happy Friday,

I’m honored to be featured on PCRM’s Food for Life News for May 2015, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to highlight some AMAZING AMAZING people whom I’ve had the privilege of interviewing my first two years on a whole foods plant-based vegan diet! These incredible people not only shared their personal stories of transformation with changing their diets, but adopting this lifestyle! You don’t want to miss out! Simply follow the link below: 

You can Heal Your Life

Two Years Of Plant-Based Vegan Interviews

Happy Vegalicious Reading!

PS. I get to hang out with this lovely woman, Ms. Kayle, this weekend!

Link to PCRM’s Food for Life May 2015: http://www.pcrm.org/health/diets/ffl/newsletter/food-for-life-in-the-news-may-2015

Farmacy Vs Pharmacy

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Last week I spoke to a woman whom I hadn’t seen in years, so we gave each other the “Cliff Notes” of what’s been happening in our lives. I told her about my diet change to a whole foods plant-based diet and the reasons why. She told me that she has tumors growing up and down her arms. When I told her that this diet could help her, she replied, “I don’t drink dairy, but I could NEVER give up my meat!” I then asked her, “How many medications are you taking?” She replied, “I’m on 30 different medications!” Wowsa! Did I really hear that right? 30 Different medications? Yes, 30!!! I don’t know about you, but if I was battling tumor growth and on 30 different medications, then I’d have to take a hard look at why is this happening? Why do the tumors keep appearing? What can I do to change that? Is my diet possibly to blame for this? Could changing my diet help reverse this?

Sickness is a choice

The good news is that there are solutions and that we each can make different choices and significant decisions towards health and wellness each and every day…and with each and every bite & drink we put into our bodies!

The Solutions Are Here Food Does Matter!

 

After having had this conversation with this woman, I was at my dentists office for three and a half hour this week having a crown replaced and a cavity fixed, and while I was in the chair I passed the time watching TV, which I seldom do since I only subscribe to Netflix and my friends station over at Food Matters TV. Thanks to them for their excellent Quotes, which I’m borrowing today!

Good Health

As I was laying in the chair, one of the drug commercials popped up. This one was for Enbrel, but it could have been any other drug for that matter. Enbrel, by the way, is used to treat long-term inflammatory diseases such as: moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis, adult chronic moderate to severe plaque psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis and a few others of the kind. My favorite part, however, is when the side effects are listed…you know, right after they’ve painted a rosy picture for you of what your life could be like. For ENBREL some of the side effects include:

  • Risk of Infection – “ENBREL can lower the ability of your immune system to fight infections. Some people have serious infections while taking ENBREL. These infections include tuberculosis (TB), and infections caused by viruses, fungi or bacteria that spread throughout their body. Some people have died from these infections.” ~Enbrel (etanercept)

  • Risk of Cancer – “People with rheumatoid arthritis or psoriasis, especially those with very active disease, may be more likely to get lymphoma.” ~Enbrel        AHEM, isn’t this what this drug is meant to cure?

  • Heart Failure – “including new heart failure or worsening of heart failure you already have. New or worse heart failure can happen in people who use TNF blocker medicines, like ENBREL.” ~Enbrel

  • Psoriasis “Some people using ENBREL developed new psoriasis or worsening of psoriasis they already had.” ~Enbrel

  • Autoimmune Reactions, including – 

    • “Lupus-like syndrome. Symptoms include a rash on your face and arms that gets worse in the sun.”

    • “Autoimmune hepatitis. Liver problems can happen in people who use TNF blocker medicines, including ENBREL. These problems can lead to liver failure and death.” ~Enbrel

Well, at least the drug companies are kind enough to let you know what the risks are should you choose to take their drug, right!? This is also called, “We are covering our a$$es!” I don’t know about you, but I know that if I can avoid taking any of these drugs I will! This morning I came across this great quote via FMTV from Dr. Ian Brighthope

The Medical Profession

A nurse named Jen Jen commented on it saying, “As a Nurse I can tell you that most people don’t WANT to hear about the “primary cause” of their disease. They KNOW why they have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, liver disease, etc. They don’t want to do anything different in their lifestyles. It’s much easier to just take a pill. It’s not JUST the fault of the medical profession. It’s the fault of the people much of the time as well.” Hear! Hear! Jen Jen! People want an easy fix, but god forbid that you suggest that they change their diet and lifestyle. Another woman named Debbie commented this on my page, “Whatever “it” might be, whether it’s sugar, fat, alcohol, cigarettes, etc., it’s literally “to DIE FOR!” And, that’s their choice. But for the rest of us, we need doctors who are knowledgeable about nutrition & a healthy lifestyle without pharmaceuticals & all their nasty side effects!” Again, truth be told! Your health is really in your own hands and once you realize this then you can start making some serious positive changes! This does not mean that you shouldn’t consult with your doctor, but if he’s clueless in regards to diet and health…then perhaps it is wise to seek the information somewhere else. A friend told me that one of her colleagues is 250 pounds, but her doctor tells her that she is “just right!” AHEM, seriously! 250 pounds is considered “normal”! Wow! Something is seriously amiss here! I will end with this brilliant quote from Dr. Charlotte Gerson.

Charlotte Gerson

Feel free to leave me a note with your thoughts on these matters.

What healthy changes are you currently making?

What would you like to change?

How can I support you in making these changes?

 

 

Milk and Mortality

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Have you been reading the news lately? Well, finally some major studies have been coming out in regards to dairy consumption. It won’t be long before the whole system cracks and most people will have to face the hard reality, that dairy does No Body No Good…nor was it ever meant for us to consume in any way shape or form!

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Listen to this from PCRM (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine), “High cow’s milk intake is associated with increased risk for bone fractures and death, according to a new study in the British Medical Journal. Researchers followed 61,433 women and 45,339 men for more than 20 years and 11 years, respectively. Among women, those who consumed three or more glasses of milk per day had a 60 percent increased risk for developing a hip fracture and a 16 percent increased risk for developing any bone fracture. These results are similar to previous studies showing no protective effect of increased milk consumption on fracture risk.

 

Additionally among women, for each glass of milk consumed, risk of dying from all causes increased by 15 percent, from heart disease by 15 percent, and from cancer by 7 percent. For the women who consumed three or more glasses of milk per day, compared with less than one glass, risk of dying increased by 93 percent. Men had a 10 percent increased risk of dying when consuming three or more glasses of milk per day, compared with less than one glass.”

 

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I have said it before and will say it again, if you have a cancer cell looking for action and you pour on dairy – the growth is explosive in just a matter of a few weeks! Having lost my close friend to breast cancer, I believe that dairy was part of the problem during her second bout with it. However, I didn’t know this at the time and neither did she. Her doctor didn’t either! Most of them aren’t going to tell you because this is not what they’re in the business to do! It’s not because they’re necessarily a bad physicians, but simply because they were never taught nutrition nor are most doctors into preventative medicine. Casein is, by the way, the main protein in cows milk, making up about 80% of it. Today I saw a man sitting in his car guzzling milk from a jug just like this guy. I was itching to knock on his window and give him “the talk”, but I refrained! However, the other day when I was at the grocery store and was passing the frozen foods isle,

 

Man & Milk

I saw a guy loading his cart with Tillamook Ice cream. I just couldn’t help myself! I showed the guy the non-dairy options and talked to him about the ill effects of dairy. His name was Mike. He’s a father of a three-year-old and has a wife! I said, “Look, Mike, the statistics are grim enough as they are! You want to be around for your child, right? Well, It’s time to ditch the dairy!” Funny, I’m an excellent sales person, but when it comes to THIS, I am really bad for sales, unless it’s of course,  non-dairy milk! Well, it’s not just me spewing stuff all over the page to give milk a bad wrap. Another study also came out from Uppsala University in Sweden which suggested “that consuming more milk could actually be associated with higher mortality and bone fractures in women and higher mortality in men.” I have provided a link to the article, from the Washington Post, at the bottom of this page.

 

Milk & Mortality

Another informative and excellent article came out by Dr. Thomas M. Campbell (Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s son) called “12 Frightening Facts About Milk”. I have included that one as well. Seriously, with all this information out there, why in the world is it still being produced, you may wonder? Well, that’s a great question! I walk into a newly remodeled grocery store in my city and they have dedicated the first large section to cheese. Why? Because it is addictive! As Dr. Neal Barnard will ask his captive audiences, “What is dairy’s job? Dairy’s job is to get that calf to grow large within a short amount of time.” Well, think about it. Cancer grows as well, like I mentioned earlier, in a short amount of time, thanks to dairy! Plus dairy contains addictive enzymes that  are supposed to make the calf drink it’s mother’s milk….unless, of course, it is born in a factory farm and ripped violently away from its mother right after birth to then be made into veal.  Okay, you’ve now heard me again talk about the ill effects of dairy…if you’re new to my blog, you can scroll down and click on the post that contains all my posts about dairy called, “My Cow With Dairy”…because seriously,

don’t be a fool…dairy ain’t so cool!

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http://nutritionstudies.org/12-frightening-facts-milk/

http://www.pcrm.org/nbBlog/index.php/more-milk-more-problems/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2014/10/31/study-milk-may-not-be-very-good-for-bones-or-the-body/?tid=pm_pop

https://urbanveganchic.com/2013/09/27/my-cow-with-dairy/