Juliette Kando is a dancer, choreologist, author on fitness and health, and Fellow of the Benesh Institute at the Royal Academy of Dance.
Be Informed About the Risks of Eating Meat
The dangerous health risks of meat, as it is produced today, are still widely ignored. Despite recent World Health Organisation evidence and warnings that eating processed meat increases the risk of cancer, many of us still don’t want to know about the real dangers of meat consumption. Reducing the amount of meat you and your children eat may be the answer to avoiding today's common illnesses and obesity.
Being Vegetarian May Be Safer
The reason I am a vegetarian is not that “I feel sorry for the animals"— although I agree that most animals reared for human consumption would be better off not having been born. A more selfish reason for not eating meat is that I have done the research and become aware of the real dangers of meat consumption. Eating meat is one of the biggest health hazards today. If you are squeamish, don’t read the rest of this article. That's right, you can carry on burying your head in the sand. However, if you do manage to get to the end of this article, you too will probably decide to change your eating habits.
What Are the Animals We Eat Fed On?
Meat-eaters have a right to know what the cows, pigs, lamb, and hens and turkeys they consume are fed on. Among other ingredients, those herbivorous animals are given reject meat mixed with fecal matter (poo) to eat. The shocking information that follows comes from fourth-generation dairy farmer and cattle rancher Howard Lyman, known as "the cattle rancher who won’t eat meat." He grew up on an industrial farm and ran a feedlot operation there for over two decades. Listen to what he has to say.
What Are Rendering Plants?
When an animal is killed for food, about half of its weight is not sold to the human food industry. The intestines (and their contents!), the head, hooves, and horns, the bones and blood are deposited into huge grinders at “rendering” plants. Also, entire carcasses that are diseased are added to the rendering mix. Rendering is a multi-billion-a-year industry, dealing with fifty billion pounds of animal parts and sick animals a year. No animal is too ill, too cancerous, or too decomposed to be included in the raw product of a rendering plant.
House Pets Are Taken to Rendering Plants, Too
Six or seven million house pets that are euthanized in animal shelters every year also end up at the renders. A large city like Los Angeles sends about three hundred tons of euthanized dogs and cats to the rendering plant on a monthly basis. Animals caught and culled by control agencies, and roadkill, are also taken to the rendering plants. Because road kill is not picked up on a daily basis, in the summer, roadkill collectors can usually smell their catch to find it. So you may well be eating meat that has, in part, been fed on your favorite beloved house pet!
At the rendering plant, these horrid ingredients are then ground and steam-cooked, the lighter, fatty materials float up to the top, get refined and used in products such as lubricants, cosmetics, soaps, candles, and waxes. The rest, heavier protein stuff is dried and made into a brown powder that includes fecal material. This brown powder is added to almost all pet food as well as to livestock feed. It is called "protein concentrates".
Federal Department of Agriculture
With growing concern about the spread of Mad Cow disease, the FDA put in place a law that bans the feeding of protein from cud-chewing animals to ruminants (cattle to cattle). Therefore, to the degree that the law is enforced, cows are no longer the cannibals they used to be. They are no longer fed on other cows, sheep, or goats. However, they are still fed ground-up cats, dogs, pigs, horses, turkeys and chickens, as well as fecal matter and blood from their own species. Beef cattle are consistently given food supplemented with rendered animal parts. The use of animal excrement in feed is common. Livestock owners find it an effective way of getting rid of a fraction of the 1.6 million tons of livestock wastes produced annually by the meat industry.
- Some diseases, like rabies, are transmitted from the host animal to those who eat that animal.
- Food poisoning from the E. Coli bacteria, which results from fecal contamination of food, is the cause of death of nine thousand Americans per year.
- About 85 percent of all food poisoning comes from bad meat.
- Mad Cow disease sometimes “jumps” species and can develop into a new brand of the always fatal, brain-wasting Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans.
- Parkinsons and dementia are on the increase.
- One in three people dies of cancer.
Why is one animal chosen as a pet above another? One beloved pet is spoiled with the other animal in tins: salmon, tuna, duck, chicken, lamb, and ox. Human interaction with animals is full of incomprehensible contradictions. Supermarket shelves bulge with the most extravagant products for our beloved pets. In the next aisle other ruthlessly reared and bloodily cut up animals are displayed for human consumption.
To what extent does the consumption of diseased or unhealthy animals cause diseases in humans?
What is the connection between obese livestock and obesity in human adults and children?
Eating Meat Kills the Planet
Meat production involves the exploitation of nature. The reason for the souring of the soil is evaporation of ammonia from manure, followed by conversion to nitric acid. This produces acid rain. The over-consumption of meat is, in part, the cause of global warming. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, livestock fumes produce 18% of the CO2 contributing to the greenhouse effect. The meat industry contributes more to climate change than all transportation worldwide. See link at the end.
Must-Watch Videos with New Evidence
Dr. Michael Klaper’s most entertaining and incredibly informative talk, featured here in the following 5 videos, says a lot more on the dangers of meat consumption than I could ever put into a single hub. If you don’t have the time to watch the talk now, then bookmark this page for later but please watch some of them before putting another bite of meat into your mouth. I promise you won’t regret it. If not for your own sake, be informed for the sake of your children’s future health. The real dangerous health risks of meat consumption warrant a little of your time to watch these videos.
1. Food That Kills
Meat Production is Bad Economics
Cattle take up far more land than crops to produce the same amount of food. Amazon forests are clear felled to produce temporary grazing for Brazilian beef cattle. Meat is a waste of land and a waste of the food that livestock converts into a small amount of meat.
2. Plugged up Arteries
Only 3 Rules to Follow
- Cut out saturated fats: any fatty substance that is solid, like the white bits in bacon, sausages and ham, butter, cheese, lard etc. They clog up the arteries and cause obesity and heart failure.
- Eat fruit, raw vegetables, pulses, mushrooms, and nuts.
- For carbohydrates: whole meal grainy bread, rice, potatoes, couscous, pasta.
3. Breast and Prostate Cancer
Life Made Easy and Healthy
Eating "real" food is much more simple than a meat eater could ever imagine. By cutting out meat and dairy from your diet your body becomes stronger, slimmer, and much more happy.
4. What do you Feed your Kids?
Child Obesity is on the increase at an alarming rate. If current trends continue many parents will lose their children to diabetes, heart failure, and cancer. Who is responsible for this poor state of affairs? The food industry? Sure. But who feeds the children? The enablers, the parents who buy the wrong types of food. Parents have a responsibility to be informed and not to become the enablers of children's dangerous eating habits.
5. Food that Kills
Sources and Further Reading
The evidence of the dangerous health risks of meat bought in supermarkets is now clear. Even if I was to believe only half of the information I have gathered here, out in the real world, I see that people and children are getting obese and sick all around me at alarmingly increasing speed. Statistics promises that 2 /3rd of us will get cancer. Cancer has become a growth for profits industry.
No thank you. Being aware of the dangerous health risks of meat consumption, and reducing meat consumption, or even better, going vegetarian gives you a better chance of survival. If more of us were informed, perhaps the evil and so damaging meat industry would be outlawed, like the slave trade. One day soon, like apartheid, the Berlin Wall, or cigarette smoking, meat production in its current industrial form will vanish. Let us remain optimistic and start at number one, yours truly.
This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.
Juliette Kando FI Chor (author) from Andalusia on July 15, 2018:
Thank you Chuck for this additional info. To be even better informed about what you put into your mouth, every one should read the well researched article presented in your link.
Chuck Bluestein from Morristown, AZ, USA on July 15, 2018:
I came across some new information. Do you know what feces or manure is? It is something they can feed to animals! An example is they pick up everything they find on the floor of a chicken farm. This includes chicken feces, chicken feed that was not eaten and more. They add this to the feed of cattle.
As far as food or pets. We do not eat animals that exclusively eat meat or animal foods. Cats exclusively eat animal products and we have them as pets. https://www.organicconsumers.org/news/they-eat-wha...
lucas on July 14, 2018:
i am a vegan. i feel so much better. i dont have the weight on my shoulders like i used to. not to mention i have no more acne anymore. DAIRY CAUSES ACNE!!
if you want to see even more on how bad meat and dairy is bad for you... watch What the Health on Netflix.
What the Health is what made me went vegan. After seeing the videos... it makes me very sad that millions of people are dying each day due to diet. I wish I could do something about that to prevent it!
Jess on April 11, 2018:
I red this article and went vegan
Keshinie B on November 28, 2017:
I became a vegetarian because of my love for animals but I realized the serious harmful effects of meat consumption after reading your article. Hope this will open more eyes.
Juliette Kando FI Chor (author) from Andalusia on September 21, 2016:
My intention in writing this thoroughly researched article is to inform and warn the public, often in denial like yourself, about the truth behind the meat / food industry.
You can take it or leave it... but since when are facts propaganda?
aaron on September 21, 2016:
vegan propaganda at its finest
namklaw on December 24, 2015:
Lauren, till you yourself suffer and slowly realize that the cause of your suffering is meat based diet, you shall not be able to give up tasty meat. Sorry to say, but we are the slaves our two inch tongue, and whatever evidence is put before us, we shamelessly push it aside to satisfy our dear tongue! Thats it.
Lauren on September 13, 2014:
I don't think eating meat is necessarily bad for you. Quite the opposite, actually. Meat is a very healthy source of protein, fats and vitamins. Obviously factory farm meat does more harm than good, but there are a lot of humane farms out there where you can get free range, grass fed beef and equally healthy other meats. I don't buy cheap meat and I don't eat meat at restaurants. I insist on knowing where my meat comes from. Vegans have to take supplemental vitamins because they have no source of B12 and other things in their diet. Vegetarians I just don't understand. Why would you cut out meat but still consume dairy and other animal products? Dairy is even worse for you than meat. Even the organic, grass fed stuff. Humans shouldn't even eat dairy after they've been weened.
john on August 31, 2014:
I couldn't believe that the doctor in one of the videos said that plants contain every nutrient our bodies need. Well plants don't contain B12 which is a very important essential nutrient found in animals.
Juliette Kando FI Chor (author) from Andalusia on June 20, 2013:
Not mentioned in this article is the fact that Intensively Farmed animals are given GMO crops to eat.
Hot Bad News, 19 June 2013
The British government are pitching GMO food production for Europe.
For more information on GMO in America join Abby Campbell's Question/Answer thread:
Lwazi Dlungane on May 27, 2013:
Thanks a lot for your kindly response, it’s highly appreciated. I’m sure this will be enough testimony to argue my case.
People tend to resist the truth no matter how much evidence, facts & statistics are laid before them but you seem to handle it very well.
I always knew there’s something artificial about animals in industrial farms, they grow fast & always appear to be health but their meat tells another story, it cooks very fast & their bones are not strong, they are very weak for their appearance. Here in South Africa or Africa entirely, there are farmers who in remote areas who do not have access to agricultural scientific technology used in nowadays, they still practice organic farming not necessarily for commercial purposes, their animals feed in grazing lands, they grow naturally, not as fast as those in industrial farms & their meat quality is worth the chance we take in eating meat.
So it is as you say it! Animals are just like human, they are what they eat just like us & if fed poisonously they become poison to whoever eats their meat. Unfortunately organic meat (which not guaranteed to be free of defects) is not available at the market due to its shortage, which is the reason why I’d rather not eat meat than poison myself with what appears to be meat but not in reality.
I for one agree with you Sue a lot & I don’t blame those who oppose you, being a vegetarian wasn’t one of the easiest decisions I’ve made but the wisest, I feel good, I’m in good health & people should take in consideration that the primary source of protein is plants & vegetarians are resistant to illnesses & have endurance in comparison to non-vegetarians. (It is entirely a matter of choice)
Juliette Kando FI Chor (author) from Andalusia on May 25, 2013:
There is nothing religious, spiritual, or even a "feel sorry for the animals" factor in avoiding meat today. It is simply a question of survival.
Go to the top of your establishment. Talk to the person responsible for the menus, not to the staff who actually dish out the food. Tell that person the truth about Intensive Stock Farming:
1. Meat in supermarkets is produced by Intensive Stock Farming.
Intensive stock farming is the rearing of animals without the use of land.
2. The Animals's Food
The animals are fed on Genetically Modified (GM) corn instead of grass. GM corn is genetically engineered to withstand pesticides. When a field of corn is sprayed by small planes with poison, every living thing in the field like weeds, insects, "pests" is killed by the poison except the GM crop. When fed to the animals, this poisoned corn makes them sick. To combat the illnesses the animals are injected with antibiotics.
3. Quality of Muscle Tissue (meat)
Intensive stock farming animals live in metal enclosures, not large enough to even turn around in. They hardly ever walk a step in their lives except into a truck towards the abattoir. So where is the quality of their muscle tissue (which is the meat people eat) if they never use their muscles? To make up for the poor muscle quality through lack of exercise, the animals are then injected with steroids to make their muscles bigger.
4. The Result Of Intensive Stock Farming
The illnesses and artificial bigness are transmitted to humans when the meat is consumed. When people eat food that lacks vital nutrients they eat and eat until doomsday, always craving for more food without ever being satisfied, always being malnourished.
Intensive stock farming creates food addiction, diabetes, cancer and the obesity pandemics.
I hope this might help convince the people responsible for feeding you to provide "real food" for you to eat.
Lwazi Dlungane on May 25, 2013:
Thanks you for sharing your knowledge, it is greatly beneficial to the very few of us who are in search of the truth about risks & dangers of meat consumption. I’m wheelchair bound (gun short ten years ago & attained a spinal injury). Two years ago I realized that I get ill very often (stomach constipation, kidney & bladder infections). So I started a research on meat consumption because I was always suspicious of the meat we often eat. I came across a book written by Master Ching Hai (The Key to Immediate Enlightenment), it is this book & the knowledge I’ve obtained from this hub that has helped me adopt a vegetarian life style. But I still have a problem with the people I stay with, not accepting the fact that I’ve chosen to be a vegetarian by all health reasons, as I’m staying in a Cheshire Home for people with disabilities. Please any of you guys help me argue my case because every time I go to the dining room I’m always worried that I’ll have to argue before I eat, because they have a resistance on catering for my vegetarian diet. Please help me prove to them that my vegetarianism is not inspired by any religious influence but a desire to maintain the life I live.
Juliette Kando FI Chor (author) from Andalusia on May 09, 2013:
Organic meat, if you can get it, is of course a lot better than meat from intense stock farming, but it is not very economical. If you have a plot of land and the choice is either to graze cattle or to grow a much richer variety of food, then I would chose the latter. Cattle's excretions pollute the atmosphere. Besides, meat is really just recycled grass, i.e. grass eaten by animals is what produces organic meat. I would rather grow fruit, vegetables, pulses, nuts and mushrooms on that same piece of land. It would feed more of us with better nutrition.
Ray on May 09, 2013:
First of all, that guy Quark is beyond ridiculous let me tell you. Just because our bodies are "designed" to handle it does not mean we should be eating meat, nor does it mean it is healthy for us.
I would like someone to touch on organic meat though, a lot of people are moving towards that area now instead of excluding meat from their lives..and the excuses are always "every ones body is different, some people need meat" "I can't get enough protein without it, I feel weak"..
Please someone touch on this Organic meat alternative..please.
Juliette Kando FI Chor (author) from Andalusia on April 09, 2013:
Yes, I have come across "Vegetarian/Vegan Food for Thought". A useful resource for anyone trying to quit meat for better alternatives.
Thank you for mentioning it here.
Sam Strobel on April 08, 2013:
Great article, posted on Facebook so hopefully it makes a difference!
Nalliah Thayabharan on November 25, 2012:
Where cattle gets protein, calcium etc? – from grass. and definitely not from another animal’s meat or milk.
Our body is designed to pluck fruits from the trees to eat and not? for going after an animal to kill it and eat !!!
Joanna Slodownik from New Jersey on November 20, 2012:
I want to recommend to everyone to listen to a wonderful podcast "Vegetarian/Vegan Food for Thought" by Colleen patrick goudreau (just google it and you'll find it).
Since I became a vegan a few months ago I've been listening to all her podcasts. In one of her podcasts "Zoonosis", she addresses the dangers of eating meat, but I highly recommend all the other episodes as well.
Juliette Kando FI Chor (author) from Andalusia on July 25, 2012:
I stopped eating eggs when I realised that by eating an egg I was eating a chicken's menstruation. Also, is it really natural for a bird to lay eggs every day for most of the year? Normal birds breed and lay eggs once a year don't they? Please correct me someone, if I'm wrong.
For me, eating eggs from a human-bred bird that can't fly and is on it's period for most of the time, somehow doesn't seem quite right.
There are plenty of alternatives to eggs for binding pastry etc. I make lovely pancakes with normal pancake mix: flour, water, salt and a little oil plus a squashed banana added to the mix for binding. Mmmm... delicious!
Hayley Bishop on July 25, 2012:
Do you think there is any problem eating eggs reared from your own chickens, kept down the atonement?
I am a vegetarian and now just laugh to myself when meat eaters say, but this, but that, where do you get your protein etc I am shocked that everyone is shocked and repulsed when they read or watch videos about the truth about meat but then they turn around a eat a burger anyway!
Chuck Bluestein from Morristown, AZ, USA on July 07, 2012:
Here is something that I did find. http://www.2ndchance.info/heart.htm Ron Hines DVM, PhD says: "Just like their owner, the heart of our pet is often the first thing that wears out. But our pets do not develop plaques in the blood vesicles of their heart (arteriosclerosis, coronary artery disease) so they do not get the heart attacks we do."
Chuck Bluestein from Morristown, AZ, USA on July 07, 2012:
I searched for it and could not find it. Most pets die of cancer. I have never heard of a pet having a stroke or heart attack. Also as far as what animals we choose as pets or food, we only eat animals that are vegetarian. We do not eat carniverous animals. Ex-president Bill Clinton and Iron Mike Tyson are now vegans.
Juliette Kando FI Chor (author) from Andalusia on July 07, 2012:
Sorry Chuck, I have not heard of such an article. Can you Google it?
Chuck Bluestein from Morristown, AZ, USA on July 05, 2012:
I am looking for the scientific article or information about how meat eating animals do not get clogged arteries but cannot find it. Do you know where I can find it? I am a vegan but feed my cat meat, fish and dairy.
Juliette Kando FI Chor (author) from Andalusia on May 30, 2012:
As they say, Rachel,
You are what you eat.
rachelval707 on May 29, 2012:
Wow powerful stuff isn't that we were not designed to eat meat but, we have the lust for blood where did that come from.????? We do live in a very sick world full of disease and hate and it come's from our diet's.
Juliette Kando FI Chor (author) from Andalusia on April 28, 2012:
Thank you jjscholar for a very touching comment. The body is very resilient and thankful when treated right. I too wish that you will stick to your new good habits and live a long healthy and happy life.
jjscholar on April 28, 2012:
I agree that eating meat is very dangerous.
The only thing I have to add is that in my opinion in addition to the dangers you have mention meat is also very dangerous because of all of the added salt.
In fact, the only meat I have anymore is either fish, seafood, chicken, or turkey. You are right that even these foods are not very safe. I have to admit that I have a little bit of a weakness for fish, seafood, chicken, and turkey. I try to keep my consumption of fish, seafood, chicken, and turkey to a minimum.
But I am trying my very best to eat mostly plant based food...
I try my best to eat mostly salad, veggie burgers, vegetables, almond butter, and peanut butter. While these foods are not perfect, they are better than eating pork, or beef.
To be honest, I really do not miss pork or beef.
You see I had to lose a significant amount of weight during the past nine months because I almost died of a severe high blood pressure episode on July 1, 2011. I ended up being diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, and congestive heart failure. I had been prescribed four different types of blood pressure medicine as well as Zocor to reduce my cholesterol level.
In addition, about three months ago, I had an implantable cardioverter defibrillator implanted into my left chest that has a wire that goes from the control box through one of my veins into the right ventricle of my heart.
All of the health problems that I had are because I had gone through a lifetime of eating junk food such as cheeseburgers, pork, as well as fried foods made with trans fats...
I wish I had read your article years ago...
Finally, the point of my comment is simply if I can learn to eat better than it might be possible for everyone to learn from my messed up life and eat better...
I hope that I will be able to live many more years because I am now on a healthier path so to speak.
Juliette Kando FI Chor (author) from Andalusia on April 15, 2012:
Hi again smartincome,
If you remember that every time you eat meat you are eating a substance which is damaging to both your own health and to the health of the whole planet, then changing your diet isn't so difficult. On the contrary, it is an interesting challenge to discover all the other delicious and nutritious options available.
Lor M from Philippines on April 12, 2012:
It will be tough for me but I want to be healthy. Thanks so much Sue.
Juliette Kando FI Chor (author) from Andalusia on April 12, 2012:
If you live on a remote island in the Philippines where animals are reared on small-holdings and live outdoors, where farmers slaughter their own animals and don't use anti-biotics, hormones etc., then eating meat once or twice a week may be OK. But even then, you cannot be healthy without eating vegetables. Just make a gradual change towards a more vegetarian diet and you'll see the improvement in your teeth, your skin, your hair, nails, bones, your mood and stamina.
Change is life, go for it!
Lor M from Philippines on April 12, 2012:
I am not a vegetarian and I seldom eat vegetables. Great hub, very informative and useful. After reading this hub, am not so sure what to do next. I should start eating more veges? But that would be an ultimate challenge!
Juliette Kando FI Chor (author) from Andalusia on March 30, 2012:
Yes Michael you are correct. As I understand, gmo gives a crop resistance against killer substances that kill all life (insects and pests, including human life when the crop is consumed) except the gmodified crop itself.
Michael Niemi on March 30, 2012:
Thanks for the info. My gf and I only buy non-gmo organic soy products, so if I understand correctly then, the issue of fermented and non-fermented isn't a big concern, its really the genetically modified soya that we should avoid?
Juliette Kando FI Chor (author) from Andalusia on March 29, 2012:
Yes, I think you are right about commercially produced soya products. The reason is that mass produced soya is genetically modified to withstand pesticides. What this means is that when a plane sprays a field with pesticides everything on that field dies, except the product they want to grow. So when we eat the product, we consume the pesticides and also slowly die of cancer or some other disease induced by commercial agriculture practices.
Michael Niemi on March 28, 2012:
Good hub, I have read and seen many of these things before and I've just recently become vegan with my girlfriend (2 months ago now). One comment or concern that has come up in my research is that soybeans which are not fermented (tofu, soymilk, TVP, soy cheese...etc) can actually be harmful to your health. Do you have any information or comment on that?
Juliette Kando FI Chor (author) from Andalusia on January 29, 2012:
This is beginning to look like a religious forum, which is fruitless. Those of you who have read the hub, watched the videos and read the comments can make a choice between using the information positively or sticking with the status quo. One thing, however, is certain: vegetarians are living proof that meat today is unnecessary in a human diet.
VegetariansAreTasty on January 28, 2012:
Why must you be so incredibly arrogant, Sue? Eating meat is why Homo sapiens developed (we weren't 'designed,' we evolved). Qwark made some very good points and indeed was a lot more polite than you, yet you brushed him off rudely and made comments about his mental capacity.
What kind of immature fairy tale do you long for that you think killing is barbaric? Eating meat isn't unnatural, it's the kind of meat we eat that harms us (processed, etc.). Keeping livestock isn't cruel, it's how we raise them and in what conditions. And killing is not barbaric, it's how the animal is killed that matters.
I'm all for the humane treatment of animals, and eating natural, organic, ethical food, but the kind of extremism you're advocating is not realistic, and it's far from the only option. Why not be honest about ALL the options, if you really care, instead of promoting vegetarianism as the only way?
By the way, dogs are omnivores, not carnivores, or they wouldn't survive on a vegetarian diet.
Juliette Kando FI Chor (author) from Andalusia on January 07, 2012:
Wow Manuel, I like your firm commitment and passion. Spread the good word.
Manuel on January 07, 2012:
Thank you so much for this video. I cried so much after seeing the cruelty inflicted to those animals. I WILL NEVER EAT MEAT OR DRINK MILK OR TAKE ANY TYPES OF ANIMAL PRODUCTS FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE. Thank you Gary Yorufsky for opening my eyes and I hope everyone will follow a vegan lifestyle. Peace.
Juliette Kando FI Chor (author) from Andalusia on January 02, 2012:
I just returned from 3 months in Asia on Boracay Island where I was woken up on morning by the squealing of a pig. Our neighbours were killing it for the pot. But that pig at least had had a decent life before going into the soup. Still, it hasn't changed my mind about being a vegetarian. I wouldn't eat meat if they paid me. It's like chewing smelly cardboard.
Greg Sereda from Sandomierz, Poland on January 02, 2012:
I read most of these facts before, except for the information on protein concentrates. Now, I don't know if I'll ever feel the same when bathing with soap or while lighting a candle. Nonetheless, Eating meat is gross.
Juliette Kando FI Chor (author) from Andalusia on November 23, 2011:
Hi Interesting, you are living proof that leaving meat out of one's diet can cure people from chronic auto-immune conditions. As to people like Qwark, well they are living proof that eating meat has an adverse effect on the brain as well as the body since they are neither capable of facing facts nor understanding common sense.
Interesting on November 23, 2011:
Sue Adams: Thanks for the awesome (unsettling) article. I appreciate the information. I've been symptom-free from a chronic auto-immune condition for 7 years since cutting out red meats (and recently cutting out all meats). Nothing had changed but my diet. My doctors are happy to say the least.
Qwark: I'm guessing you are either a troll or have the intellect of a 13 year old. You are making many, many arrogant claims about the human digestive system/biology/instinct but have absolutely no sources to back any of this information up. If you do the research and take the time to really read about what you are talking about, then maybe people would take you seriously (and you might, quite possibly, change your own mind on the topic...).
Juliette Kando FI Chor (author) from Andalusia on November 07, 2011:
I can't wait for the world to wake up to the facts:
1. The meat industry is barbaric.
2. Humans are not designed to eat meat.
Terry on November 06, 2011:
They just passed a new law in Holland that bans halal meat. Let's hope that it won't be too long now until all meat is banned.
Juliette Kando FI Chor (author) from Andalusia on October 23, 2011:
I agree with Robby and hope you too have given up on meat for your own safety and health.
Robby on October 22, 2011:
These are not just ideas, they are crucial facts not tobe ignored.
jamterrell on October 22, 2011:
Wonderful ideas about meats here. Thanks for posting.
Juliette Kando FI Chor (author) from Andalusia on September 26, 2011:
Hear hear MikeyDooks, well said!
MikeyDooks on September 25, 2011:
So I just made this account to post a comment on this...
I feel the idea of man being predators/beasts(LOL) is totally ridiculous and false. We cannot catch or kill an animal with our bare hands or natural speed. Our digestive systems and physical build compliment that(and considering we haven't changed all that much in build, Id say our ancestors before us and tools looked the same, and couldn't catch an animal for their life). From what we know we had to evolve with bigger brains(not claws, canines, etc) in order to make tools AND fire which allowed us to eat meat. The only case Ive read of non meat eating animals reverting to meat eating is vitamin deficiency or to make a dominant statement among a group(apes). With that said, even if everything I said is wrong(could be!), humans still treat animals horribly, disgustingly. My primary motive for going vegan was to stop supporting the torture and death of so many animals. So, even if we need meat to survive(which we clearly do not), how "evolved and compassionate" are we to continue this terrible act of industrial farming? Its easy to support something when you adhere to it blindly, huh? All the proof of meat, milk and eggs being bad for you is right in our faces. Did you know plants have no cholesterol? Why do humans get clogged arteries/high cholesterol but tigers or lions don't? Ohhhh, riiiiiiight. Cooked or not, our bodies cannot process the food most of the world eat. Does the high obesity, cancer, heart disease, diabetes rate make ANYONE ponder this idea?
Juliette Kando FI Chor (author) from Andalusia on July 06, 2011:
Nice to see you melpor, come again soon.
Melvin Porter from New Jersey, USA on July 06, 2011:
Very interesting and informative hub Sue. I have not watched the videos but I will get to them pretty soon. Rated up. Thanks for the information.
Juliette Kando FI Chor (author) from Andalusia on June 15, 2011:
WOW! I just watched Gary's speech. Thank you so much for such a valuable contribution to this Hub.
Gary Yourofsky needs more than 100000 views though.
Pleas everybody, watch and spread the word:
Maddy on June 14, 2011:
Everyone here must watch this -
Best Speech You Will Ever Hear - Gary Yourofsky
Juliette Kando FI Chor (author) from Andalusia on June 14, 2011:
Dogs are usually quite happy to be fed our leftovers. Saves having to throw away food. Having said that, a vegetarian dog owner needs to feed the dog some organic meat and bones. I wonder though if a dog (a carnivore) would strive on vegetarian food. You could try it for a few weeks?!
MAJJHIMA on May 31, 2011:
hi Sue, thank you for such an informative hub. I can see you have really put effort in doing your research. I too have been vegetarian for about 5 years, I agree that being vegetarian puts ourselves in better control and gives us a better chance of a healthy life. Now i am wondering whether i should continue feeding my dog with pet food after reading your hub.
Also thank you for all the informative video collections. As I commented in some other hubs, one of the effective way to influence people to reduce meat intake is to show the video of the slaughterhouse which is posted in my hub 'save the world, you can do it'.
Juliette Kando FI Chor (author) from Andalusia on April 19, 2011:
Hi VEGEM, spread the message.
VEGEM from PA on April 18, 2011:
"Man" (and "woman"?) has a choice: To remain barbarians or evolve into more civilised and "humane" beings. I am glad that the majority of us chose the latter.
Good quote! Agreed.
Great hub and I'm proud to be a vegetarian!
Juliette Kando FI Chor (author) from Andalusia on March 04, 2011:
There you are Luther. I am glad you had the sense to change your ways and it has paid off hasn't it? Nice of you to share your experience so that others will benefit from dropping meat out of their diet like you managed to do. Well Done!
Luther71 on March 02, 2011:
13 months ago my doctor said that my liver was overloaded when it came to processing all the fat that I was taking in. It was a little scary for a 61 yr. old male who ate meat and cheese every day for over 40 yrs.
The past 13 months I have eaten red meat 5 times. During that time I lowered my cholsterol 80 points,body fat dropped from +30 to 12.8. 262 lbs when I started, 190 now.
In fairness I cut my portions, ate 6 small meals a day, worked out 3 days a week for 2 hrs each time.
People, try leaving meat out of your diet for 3 months and experience the change in your body.
Oh, my first time to post on a message board. I just had to put my 2 cents in for something that I truly beleive was setting me up for a major illness had I stayed on the red meat eating path of life. Time will tell, but damn I feel great.
Juliette Kando FI Chor (author) from Andalusia on February 11, 2011:
Yes nonkululeko,it's about time people knew thetruth about the meat industry.
nonkululeko lukhele on February 11, 2011:
i've made a decision no meat for me anymore. Thank u so much for the awareness you guys have just saved my life and a million more.. My bestfriend was the one who actually recommended that i watch the video. I've always thought that people who dont eat meat are just silly and seek attention and this video proved me wrong. Im so happy that i got a chance to change my lifestlye and diet before it was too late. Continue doing doing the amazing job. U are an inspiration
tom on January 17, 2011:
have to agree with qwark , human are omnivorous.
same fat same meat same plants are what human evolved on.
human are abilities are of a machine of the highest order , and we have intellectual and emotional abilities to manage those to moral use.
qwark on December 28, 2010:
We agree to disagree...:)
Juliette Kando FI Chor (author) from Andalusia on December 28, 2010:
About your statement Quark:
"As he exists, man is a genetically programmed killing machine of the highest order."
"highest order?" sounds like Hitler - "genetically programmed?" implies that we have no influence over our evolution which is a very negative and sad statement. Speak for yourself Quark.
You believe that:
"... man is a genetically programmed killing machine of the highest order."
I believe that:
we can be, and many of us try to be, in charge of our own evolution. Trying to improve and control our evil ways is what makes many of us human. As Socrates said: "First comes the thought, then the reality."
With respect, Quark, I do not wish to pursue this conversation. We shall just have to agree to disagree. :)
qwark on December 27, 2010:
I watched the films to see if there was anything in them that I wasn't already aware of and if there was info offered that wasn't available to all of us who have studied foods and human wellness, 20 yrs ago. There wasn't.
We are omnivores.
Our digestive systems have been programmed to handle it all. We are "generalists" in our choice of diet.
A healthful diet should consist of foods from animal and plants in MODERATION!
Man has a freedom of choice and since he is not just a "grazer" or a "carnivore," his options in choice of food is immense...and his education is minimal.
The majority of human life on this planet will eat anything that is not poisonous.
The majority of human life is eking a living from the earth or from the garbage cans of gluttonous others who overeat and dump the leftovers.
Animals that are killed by man, for whatevr reason, should be used to feed the starving masses! A kind of "Soylent Green" if you will.
As he exists, man is a genetically programmed killing machine of the highest order.
I agree with you that we, in the alledged "civilized" world, are a "gluttonous" species of animal life.
You can't keep a genetically programmed predator (the human animal) from killing and eating it's prey.
The average age of human life has increased significantly over the past 50 - 75 yrs.
Way back in the early 20th century, we ate more grains, fruits and veggies, and lived shorter lives.
Today we eat lotsa "crap" and 1 out of every 4 people in the USA will live to be 100!
Moderation!! In our diet and plenty of exercise will keep us healthy.
I appreciate your friendly response. :):
Juliette Kando FI Chor (author) from Andalusia on December 27, 2010:
"I am glad that the majority of us chose the latter."
"Man" (and "woman"?) has a choice: To remain barbarians or to evolve into more civilised and "humane" beings. I am glad that the majority of us chose the latter."
I mean the latter choice, i.e. the majority chose to evolve into compassionate, humane beings. Where does our "superiority" over the animal kingdom lie if not in humaneness?
Human nature is changing NOW in front of your very eyes. You just need to open them and see. Watch the Videos, inform yourself instead of being stuck in macho old dogmas.
Merry Xmas, enjoy your turkey and have a happy new year.
PS: You might like to put your ideas to an open forum and see what responses you get.
qwark on December 27, 2010:
You are quite correct. I didn't watch the movies.
There is no possibility that "man" will become a more "civilised and "humane" creature in our lifetime.
"Complex" man is a slave to millions of years of genetic programming.
I've studied, anthropologically, the rise of man.
The "out-of-date cliches" you mention are, barbaric man, at his worst/best.
I didn't watch the movies because all that can be covered in referrence to contemporary man sublimating his inherent desire to "kill" is the acme of "idealism."
Man is a "meat" eating beast. He IS Earth's prime predator.
I'm not sure I understand this comment:
"I am glad that the majority of us chose the latter."
Do you mean the the majority of "humanity" chooses to be "civilized?" Or did you mean that the majority of "humanity" chooses not to be "omnivores?"
You put alot of effort in developing this "hub" and you did a good job.
It is very well presented and I respect your opinions, but man's basic nature cannot be changed in our lifetime.
Thanks for the response Sue.
I hope you have a wonderful New Year.
Juliette Kando FI Chor (author) from Andalusia on December 27, 2010:
You obviously have not watched the videos on this hub or you would not repeat such out of date clichés.
"Man" (and "woman"?) has a choice: To remain barbarians or evolve into more civilised and "humane" beings. I am glad that the majority of us chose the latter.
qwark on December 26, 2010:
This is a very well presented "hub."
I don't agree with much of it.
Man is an "omnivore."
His physiology has evolved to ingest just about any type of food it can find.
One of the major reasons he evolved a large brain is because he branched off from "ape" like hominids millions of yrs ago and began adding animal and insect protein to his diet.
The great apes evolved , in the main (chimps do eat meat) as herbivores.
We humans are genetically programmed to hunt, kill, ingest and digest other animals along with insects, fruits, nuts and veggies. That fact is why we have evolved into the "big brained" conscious creatures we are today.
I have no problem with using all leftover parts of animals we feed upon, to feed other animals.
Processing animal parts destroys harmful bacteria and disease organisms. Once that has been done, why not feed other life with what is produced?
I think that is a proficient/efficient use of by products. It certainly isn't wasted.
I seldom eat "red" meat. Why? Because it is very hard to digest and sits in the gut much too long and, to my way of thinking, rots. It can be problematic in the lower gut.
The human diet should include food of every sort in moderation.
The human animal is a brutish, wily, meat eating predator that has adapted itself over millions of years to eat just about anything and gain some nutrative value from it. That is and was a very salient factor of it's successful evolution to this point in its existence.
We are "killers." That "fact" will not change for many millenia.
We will never waste what we kill.
We are ingenious creatures that will find "value" and use for anything we kill...and we WILL kill!
Markus Ziman on December 23, 2010:
Great articles,great videos.
Animal rights activist,vegan,composer-misician.
Please try to join me on my facebook and my pages and groups
Thank u very much!
Juliette Kando FI Chor (author) from Andalusia on November 25, 2010:
You are on track Kooky Girl. The more we know the less we like.
Kooky Girl on November 24, 2010:
I guess you could say I'm 'on the cusp'. I just gave up cow-based dairy products as I can't stand how intensively farmed they are.. that said I do eat chicken and beef, although I find that more and more often I am choosing the vegetarian option when given a choice... Thank you for the hub Sue it's interesting reading, I had no idea about that 'protein concentrate' thing. Eurgh.
Juliette Kando FI Chor (author) from Andalusia on October 03, 2010:
Thank you for dropping by NCBler. Let us hope that in a couple of decades from now eating meat will be as badly regarded as smoking is today.
NCBIer on October 02, 2010:
Thank you! Thanks for the straightforward, honest and informative hub. I hope this one is read by every member of the hubpages community.
Juliette Kando FI Chor (author) from Andalusia on September 12, 2010:
Yes, there are fat vegetarians but only a fraction compared to fat meat eaters. It shouldn't take more than 1 day for your system to process food but still, you are right vrajavala all the steroids, colouring agents and formaldehyde we can very well do without.
vrajavala from Port St. Lucie on September 12, 2010:
Hi. I've been a vegetarian for 30 years. First of human's anatomy is designed to herbivorous. I heard Dr. Micheal Savage, author of many nutritional books, BTW,say that carnivores have a short gut,but we, on the other hand, have a medium length gut. Excuse me? When is 14-17 feet long intestine medium length? The sh** that you eat stays in your body for days, if you're hom sapiens. So, if they've used a little formaldehyde to make the meat stay "fresh". guess what? You have formaldehyde inside you for a couple of days. And so forth.
However, as a vegetarian, I did become a "Hare Krsna" about 29 years ago, and I must say, that I teach my grand kids to love the cow, because she gives us so many nice things.
However, being vegetarian does not guarantee weight loss!!!!
Juliette Kando FI Chor (author) from Andalusia on September 02, 2010:
Hello fucsia and barby2kool,
I'm pretty sure that in less than a few decades from now eating mass produced meat will be as badly regarded as smoking is looked upon today.
barby2kool from Connecticut on September 01, 2010:
wow!! very informative and eyeopening. I'm not a vegetarian, I only eat fish and chicken but your hub puts a completely new spin to the idea of being a vegetarian. I have to bookmark this, maybe after reading a couple more times I just may become a vegetarian.
fucsia on June 12, 2010:
your hub is very informative and very true. The meat industry is a huge business that does not interest our environment or our health and even less the great resources that we could obtain growing vegetables instead of pasture. Our strength is trying to raise the awareness of this issue: probably it is suffice ate half of the meat (and fish!) we are used to give to give an effective help to our planet.
Juliette Kando FI Chor (author) from Andalusia on April 14, 2010:
Those days of happy healthy animals are long gone I'm afraid Mischelle, but luckily we can survive quite well without eating meat so the sooner the meat industry is boycotted the better for all species.
mwatkins from Portland, Oregon & Vancouver BC on April 13, 2010:
Loved reading your hub, but I think I want to puke! I am a meat eater, raised on a farm where we had all the meat, milk, eggs, cheese we wanted all fresh from the farm. I won't be in any big hurry to maintain that diet, living in the city now. thank you for an eye opening and informative hub!
Juliette Kando FI Chor (author) from Andalusia on March 14, 2010:
Hello LRobbins, Soon you'll find that eating meat feels like chewing cardboard and your taste buds and saliva glands will simply reject it.
I agree Madeleine, pulses, tofu, nuts, mushrooms give plenty of protein. And, as Dr. Kapler says in the third video, too much protein has adverse effects.
madeleine kando on March 13, 2010:
Right on Sue: I watched 'Food Nation', a documentary about the food industry. I haven't touched meat since then, and have a hard time eating eggs. Beans, tofu, tempeh, seitan, that's the safe way to get your protein these days.
Laurel from Germany on March 12, 2010:
Very informative hub. I've only recently become aware of the benefits of eating less meat and have found it surprisingly easy, although I'm not a complete vegetarian yet.
Juliette Kando FI Chor (author) from Andalusia on March 12, 2010:
Don't be afraid of watching the videos. They are not showing any repulsive attrocities in abatoirs. Dr Klaper's lecture is actually very witty and entertaining. Yes, it will make you laugh yet it reveals all there is to know about the dangers of consuming meat.
advoco from cadiz on March 10, 2010:
Powerful stuff. I am a meat eater and probably always will be but I was shocked by how high cancer researchers put red meat and processed meat up the list of risk factors. I have modified my diet to the extent where these foods are occasional components - a big change for me.
Explosive INK from Austin Texas on March 10, 2010:
JOHNATHAN SAFRON FOER, Bestselling Author and just a smart young man. Read his book about "Eating Animals" and you will be transformed. I am not a vegetarian, But you will be a better person for this reading.
Juliette Kando FI Chor (author) from Andalusia on March 10, 2010:
Thank you for dropping by alekhouse. Watch the movie when you have time. Dr. Klaper has a lot to say about chicken and fish too.
Nancy Hinchliff from Essex Junction, Vermont on March 10, 2010:
Really good hub...some of it was hard to read, especially about rendering, but I'm glad you put it out there. I/m not a vegetarian, but I only eat chicken and fish.