In Need of Change

"Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet."
- Albert Einstein

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HEALTH 1.0 (revised 4/20/2010)

There are three major things that can have catastrophic affects on your health:

Violent trauma

Degenerative diseases

As for trauma, our government, schools, friends, family and medical community do a pretty descent job of mandating our protection into laws, educating us on dangers, and patching us up if we are unlucky enough to fall victim to injury. It's the degenerative disease that will be addressed here because this one is the easiest for you to avoid and there is so much disinformation being served to the American public via most all media:
Degenerative Diseases are almost all tied to what you eat , drink and are exposed to in your daily life.
It's no secret that America is in a health crisis. The "western diseases" like Heart Disease, Stroke, Cancer, Diabetes, Obesity, Osteoporosis and Hypertension are all directly caused by the "western diet". This situation has gotten so out of hand that economists now estimate that over a trillion dollars are at stake to keep American's eating just as they have been. American's spend over 15% of the US GNP (Gross National Product) on health care yet we have way more health problems than most developing nations! The cause of all this suffering and death will go down in history as the biggest blunder in the evolution of American life.

Drug companies, by and large, are not here to bring health to the population but to scam them for vast amounts of money, by treating the symptoms and not addressing the cause.

Our health care system continues to buy into this methodology, which focuses on drugs and surgical interventions instead of valuing your body’s innate ability to heal when given proper nutrition and a healthy lifestyle, will ultimately fail you.

Where, instead, is the debate about limiting unnecessary, ineffective treatments and stopping fraud? Why is no one talking about the fact that there are effective, inexpensive natural-based alternatives?

These are the discussions that could actually make Americans’ healthier … but the fact of the matter is that the Big Pharma Cartel has a supreme hold over our government, and this is, most likely, why you do not see any discussions about these very real, underlying problems -- and why the drug companies, not you or your family’s health, will be the primary beneficiaries of the new health care reform.

As long as your focus is on drugs and surgical interventions, you will never see the fundamental changes that are so desperately needed. It can only be accomplished by a radical change in how you, and how society as a whole, think about health.

The cause is:
The mass consumption of "animal products" and sugar as food and drink. (the "western diet")

Think for a moment - have you ever heard the term "animal products" on television? radio? newspaper or magazine? It's not likely that you have because reporters and journalists are in fear of an Ohio (and at least 13 other states) food disparaging law that opens them to liability for lost sales if they say anything bad about a food or food group. On top of that a big chunk of their advertising revenue comes from companies that benefit from our unhealthy eating habits.

There is just too much money at stake for the "truth" to get out in the mainstream media who rely on all the advertising revenue from the big businesses that profit from the current way of eating and the health problems that are an undeniable result. The saddest part of this situation is that it is the poorest people that suffer the most because the low cost foods and restaurants are dominated by the most health damaging foods. Just visit the grocery store in the poor areas and you will see that it's the animal based foods that are always on sale and selections of "healthy" foods are scarce. Visit the same grocery chain in a well to do neighborhood and you will see much greater selection of the healthy food choices and an entire "organic" produce section. The government subsidizes the meat and dairy industries in a big way which makes the products cheap. School lunch program moneys in public schools are spent mostly on animal products. There has been a 1.8 billion-pound increase in US cheese consumption between 1994 and 2003. Is there any wonder why we have an epidemic of childhood obesity and disease? A few years ago Phillip Morris (the world’s largest and most profitable tobacco corporation) bought Kraft Foods. Kraft Foods is the world’s second-largest food and beverage company (whose main product is cheese) with 2005 net revenues of more than $34 billion. Philip Morris/Altria is a company with a long history of addicting new young customers to tobacco with promotional campaigns. They are good at selling products that are bad for your health and they are good at keeping the government from doing anything about it. Pushing dairy products on the uninformed public is the next logical step for this unethical company.

If you believe that our government has laws that protect us - think again. Just this January (2010) "The Supreme Court in a 5-4 ruling repealed campaign spending limits by corporations so now there is even more chance that politicians will be bought and paid for by special interests. "It is a major victory for big oil, Wall Street banks, health insurance companies and the other powerful interests that marshal their power every day in Washington to drown out the voices of everyday Americans," Obama said. The ruling, a defeat for Obama and supporters of campaign finance limits, is expected to unleash a flood of money to be spent in this year's congressional election and the 2012 presidential contest.

The science has been done and published many times over that a well rounded plant based diet is the "gold standard" for health but the word just does not get out unless you go looking for it. Don't expect the media to bring it to you, don't expect our government to tell you. There is too much money at stake to keep you eating just as you are... the standard "western diet". Sure doctor's say "eat a diet low in saturated fats" but "low" by America's standards still causes obesity, disease and poor health.

The correct amount of "animal products" in your diet is ZERO. The correct amount of added sugars is ZERO.

I know you have the idea that you need milk for strong bones and teeth, and that you need meat as "high quality" protein but these are just propaganda campaigns that the dairy industry and meat industry have used despite the scientific data indicating the opposite is true. You may have seen Dairy ads touting "3 glasses of milk a day" helps you loose weight or makes your bones strong or digestion "regular". The real science tells the story as well as common sense...mothers milk is designed by nature for rapid growth and weight gain for the newborn (and anyone else who consumes it). The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine recently sued the Dairy industry over the misleading weight loss ads and won so the dairy industry must cease that line of advertising. According to the US Department of Agriculture, the average American consumes more than 550 pounds of dairy products annually! The current annual consumption of sugar is 141 pounds per person, and 63 pounds of that is high fructose corn syrup.

It is a betrayal by the medical community that neglects to properly inform the public that it's the meat ,dairy and sugar that are causing so many of the ailments afflicting them. The AMA's official stand is that a plant based diet is too radical a change and most people simply won't do it. In the mean time they continue to practice medicine by pushing more expensive pills and surgery that drive all too many to bankruptcy and/or an early grave. Are we really so stupid that we wouldn't believe them if they took the public stance that the scientific data is overwhelming and you should change to a 100% plant based diet. How radical is cracking open a chest and rearranging the arteries of the heart? Given a choice don't you think you would choose changing the way you eat over having your chest sliced open and pryed apart? Again there is too much money at stake and corporate greed controls the policy. They have built huge heart and stroke wings onto their hospitals, huge cancer treatment wards and support centers. Huge pharmaceutical companies that control media advertising, nonprofit boards, most study grants and lobbyist spending. They tell you it's not your fault and "we have a pill for that".

A person who follows a totally plant based diet is called a VEGAN. The term was coined by Donald Watson who at the age of 34 started the first Vegan Society in Britain in 1944. When interviewed at the age of 92 he was pleased to report that he had lived thus far without resort to medication.

"Are you crazy" you are probably thinking to yourself. A totally plant based diet? No way!
The bottom line is that the rewards to your short and long term health are so worth the relatively minor challenges of being a Vegan in Cincinnati. As a Vegan, you eat from the 5 basic plant food groups of Fruits, Nuts, Legumes, Vegetables and Grains. I can tell you from my 5years as a Vegan (I'm now 53) that if you are willing to just put a little bit of effort into meal preparation you will be very satisfied with eating as a Vegan.

Meat production has been deemed "unsustainable" because it requires at least 10 times more resources per pound of output than plant based food. If everyone alive today in the world ate as we American's do now it would take many earth's to support the animal agriculture industries. If all American's were Vegans, the farmland we now use to grow feed for the farm animals would feed all the starving people in the world. History will likely label the last 100 years as the rise of animal food products and the next 50 years as the fall of animal food products. This sad state of being has evolved because big corporations put profit before the health of the people. We as a nation spend more per person on health care but it's not working because it's not addressing the cause, only the symptoms. Economists estimate that there is over a trillion dollars at stake to keep America eating animal products. Don't expect our government to do anything as most in government have deep ties to those who are profiting from the current situation. The only questions are how long will you wait before you wake up to what is going on and how much longer will you continue to punish your body with the wrong foods.

As you can see there are a lot of great reasons to change to a plant based diet but still the number one reason is for your own health. It's not that hard. There are many other reasons to go Vegan to do with the environment and animal cruelty on factory farms that I have not touched on here but are themselves reasons enough to make the change to a plant based diet.

Here is a nice video that will introduce you to the concept of being a Vegan and why it is so important that we adopt it as our standard.

11:43 minute video "A Life Connected" Explains very well why a plant based diet is best for you and the world.

Read this page to see just some of the diseases dairy is linked to.

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