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#1 Old 07-19-2010, 07:37 AM
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I'm compiling a list to post on my site entitled "Reasons to Stop Eating Meat". I figured this forum would be an excellent resource to survey and possibly include some ideas from you guys. I have a number of items already and interested to see what you guys think. Let me know . Peace.
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#2 Old 07-19-2010, 07:47 AM
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You should list what you already have.
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If you haven't already, I recommend you read The China Study. They've been studying diet for decades in countries with fewer diseases and less obesity. Eating animal products is very strongly linked to a variety of cancers, heart disease, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, and much more. It simply isn't healthy.



Add that to the inhumanity and tremendous negative environmental impact of factory farming, and you've got a really good argument.

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#4 Old 07-19-2010, 11:25 AM
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If you haven't already, I recommend you read The China Study. They've been studying diet for decades in countries with fewer diseases and less obesity. Eating animal products is very strongly linked to a variety of cancers, heart disease, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, and much more. It simply isn't healthy.



Add that to the inhumanity and tremendous negative environmental impact of factory farming, and you've got a really good argument.



The China Study is a MUST HAVE. I absolutely love that book and actually have sold some through the link in my Vegan Beginner's Guide.



Thank you for your accurate assessment!
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You should list what you already have.



- Save the lives of animals

- Less stomach issues

- Reduce risk of various diseases

- Have more energy

- Unhealthy chemicals

- Lose weight

- Decrease unhealthy mucus

- Help make your blood pH level more alkaline
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Also, how about that vegetarians consume around 500 gallons of water per day, and meat eaters consume 1,200 because of the water the animal consumes, etc...
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Tom Cruise eats meat, so if you don't eat meat, you're not like that scumbag.

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Tom Cruise eats meat, so if you don't eat meat, you're not like that scumbag.



alas, was hitler not a vegetarian?
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You don't need it for anything so there is no logical reason to continue eating it. It's totally unnecessary, people only eat meat at all because of habit and taste. (Obviously I mean people in today's society with a grocery store on every corner and access to an abundance of healthy food)

"If we could live happy and healthy lives without harming others... why wouldn't we?" - Edgars Mission
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Better smelling breath

Clear skin and complexion



Oh, and Instant Karma
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many people do it for the "no guilt" eating

More room for whole foods

faster digestion

the enviroment

to save money

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All the cool kids are doing it.

You're gonna make me puke my pants.
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alas, was hitler not a vegetarian?



There's an article on wikipedia and articles elsewhere on that. Indications are he was not, in fact, and this was promoted by his publicists to promote the image of an abstemious, pious noble leader. Apparently he loved sausages.



Anyway..

By eliminating the hypocrisy of caring for feeling creatures yet eating them, one can be more consistent with internal value systems and truly walk the talk.

That was a bonus for me.
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alas, was hitler not a vegetarian?

No, he was a flexitarian. One of the most known flexitarian figures ever.

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Great input guys! I will be sure to mention this forum in my post ! Keep 'em coming!
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99 out of every 100 animals who died yesterday, will die today, and will die every day for the immediate future will have been raised in horrendous factory farm conditions for the reason of human consumption of their flesh. They suffer immensely in ways no reasonable human would subject another human to, or a beloved pet animal such as a cat or a dog. My rationale is that there's no logical or compassionate reason to treat any creature who can feel pain that way. What's the difference between the family dog and the pig? That's the bottom line of my vegetarianism and it's the argument I always use when advocating.

Tam! RUGH!
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It's just easier to look my dogs in the eye. . .
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- Saving money

- Saving energy

My usual answer: I have never heard a convincing reason to eat meat.
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yea u completely left out the environmental aspects. Gina mentioned the water consumption of farm animals. It also takes about 8 lbs. of soy protein to make 1 lb. of animal protein.



Rainforest is being destroyed for room for cattle to herd. People are starving whilst animals consume a very large portion of the farmed food. Granted, not all of that food is human grade and there are other factors in global starvation such as poverty and transportation of food, but it's certainly not helping.



And all that animal manure/waste ends up in rivers/lakes. Can even ruin land after a while.
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When I used to eat meat, sometimes a piece would get stuck between my teeth and I couldn't get it out and it would start to rot and fester and the gum around it would become inflamed and so painful that I had to chew on the other side of my mouth.



That doesn't happen anymore.
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your poo should smell better.. hehe

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All you guys rock!

I've come up with more and this list is going to be great! Will have it posted Friday!
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Originally Posted by soulfulbodymind' date='19 July 2010 - 02:29 PM' timestamp='1279564181' post='2675830 View Post


- Save the lives of animals

- Less stomach issues

- Reduce risk of various diseases

- Have more energy

- Unhealthy chemicals

- Lose weight

- Decrease unhealthy mucus

- Help make your blood pH level more alkaline

I think you should break out the part about the lowered risk of diseases. List each disease separately, with a footnote giving a link to where that information came from.



One other thing nobody's mentioned: Greater variety of food. Really. When you talk to meat eaters, they talk as if there are only 4 types of meals they can eat (beef, pork, chicken, or seafood). Veg*n "main courses" have WAY more variety than that!



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From my own personal experience (although there are references out there), conditions related to eating meat:



IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)

Acid reflux

Indigestion

Constipation

Diarrhea

High cholesterol

Heart disease

Hypertension (high blood pressure)
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Only thing about listing each "disease" or ailment is, that meat and dairy contribute to most of them (from my research and experiences). I thought about breaking them down but for the reason I specified, I don't think I will. Thanks for your input!!!!
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Fromper you are SO right!

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I would also recommend elaborating on the health benefits. They are significant and represent one of the biggest reasons for a veg*n diet. Listing the specific problems will target specific audiences also, because everyone has a family member or friend with heart disease or high blood pressure etc.



much more important than things like 'decreasing mucus' ? You listed alkalinity of the blood as a benefit which is a health benefit, cuz it increases calcium absorption.



also, i would clarify that you not only save animals lives, but you don't contribute to their suffering. Being housed inside small areas w/ hundreds of other animals until they die is by no means a natural life.
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#28 Old 07-23-2010, 04:47 AM
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Thanks again guys! I opted to elaborate on a few health benefits as oppose to clumping it as one reason. I also give a shout-out to this board! Post is live at



http://www.soulfulbodymind.com/2/pos...ting-meat.html
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New study - meat causes weight gain!!!!

http://www.vegsource.com/news/2010/0...-calories.html



and your family might not be able to afford

http://www.vegsource.com/news/2010/0...ans-video.html



after meat causes you to die from a heart attack!!!



Many diseases are spread by animals, the animals have them, the animals are cooked, and people eat the diseases.

See all the recalls on the news for food products. Most of those products that are contaminated and can cause food poisoning/death are meat based.

Once in a while you will see lettuce recalled, by how did it get contaminated??? From MEAT!!!!



and i also +1 for links , etc backing up the statements with proof.
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