Hello, I'm new to the board and I have a question. I've been a vegetarian for several years now. However, I always feel like I have a dirty little secret. I have a chronic medical problem that is easily treated with medication, but that medication is animal based. There is synthetic form that I was on for a long time but my body can't process it so it simply doesn't work for me. As a vegetarian I am very conflicted. I feel like I'm not a "real" vegetarian, but I do wish to stay alive. I'd like to get some thoughts on this issue.