quote:Originally posted by Rowe:
I disagree. Natural meat eaters eat flesh raw..... Accordingly, natural meat eaters have claws, sharp teeth, sweat through the mouth, have a short intenstine which is two thirds the length of their bodies (humans are 30 ft. long), their jaws move up and down only, and the stomach can digest hair. Humans lack all of these natural meat eating habits and attributes.
First of all, the ability to eat raw meat versus cook meat does not provide evidence that humans are not meant to be meat-eaters. It just implies that we as a more developed and TOOL-using species in conjunction with our opposable thumbs afforded us the ability to develop the science (and art) of cooking. I agree that true carnivores have a much shorter intestine than we do, but on the other hand we definitely do not have the four stomachs that true herbivores have. Besides, our dentition is a cross between the two extremes as characteristic of an omnivore. As the acid in the stomach, trust me, our acid is just as strong as theirs....the hydrochloric acid in our stomach has a pH of 2 or less..to you chemistry nerds who know....that will dissolve an iron nail easily and talk less or bone or hair. digested food usually does not stay in the body for longer than 24 hours, not 3 days.
Furthermore, the human intestinal tract causes meat to stay in the body for up to 3 days. This causes toxins to be aborbed in the body creating diseases, while the natural meat eater's raw-flesh diet allows meat to leave quickly (1 day or less). In addition, flesh eating increases the workload of the kidneys and the liver. Consequently, this decreases man's ability to biochemically protect himself. Aside from this, animals secrete adrenaline into their bodies as a reaction to the fear caused by the slaughterhouse environment. This adrenaline poisons the flesh and creates toxins. Lastly, many types of diseases are transmitted by dead animals. The disease of Salmonella poisoning causes symptoms which resemble "colds," "flus," and "viruses." These symptoms are misdiagnosed and treated with "cold" medicines.......
Okay, now why adrenaline now a toxin....it is a naturally occuring compound in our body....it is one of the main stress hormones the body makes to control the flight-or-fight response...I strongly disagree that it is a toxin as suggested. Besides anything can be a toxin if in excess. As for Salmonella poisoning via contaminated meat consumption, one would have to be a really bad clinician to confuse the really bad loose to watery diarrhea, fever and severe abdominal pain with the common cold.....I don't see the resemblence between the two.
quote:There are of course many other health risks associated with eating meat, but just considering the information that we have discussed thus far, I would say that people who adhere to limited or meat-abstaining diets are indeed much healthier, for a myriad of reasons, than those who do not. They are also a lot less susceptible to premature death compared to non-meat eaters.
[QUOTE] it is mistake to assume that eating meat and dairy will provide all of the nutrients your body needs. Even meat and dairy consumers suffer from vitamin deficiency. This is why nutritionists recommend that both vegans and meat-eaters integrate supplements into their diets. Vitamins are given the name of vitamins because they are considered "vital to life." Vitamins both energize and minerally stablize the body. For these reasons, it is important to take vitamins, regardless of your dietary status. Dairy products are especially unsafe[/b]..
It is true that not all vitamins are found in animal products but the same is true for plant-based material as well....vitamin B12 is only found in animal based foods..Vitamin B12 is an important co-factor needed in the production of DNA as well as the insulating shealth that surrounds our nerves to ensure proper transmission of signals back and forth. A lack of Vitamin B12 leads to diseases in the nerve as well as dementia and anemia. This is usually seen in strict vegans.
As for the safety of plant-based foods, as these are not regulated, how do we know that these are trully safe...are we sure that there are no fungal spores or bacterial spores on the plant material especially after using organic manure? Time will tell...