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#1 Old 04-02-2008, 09:08 PM
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Are there any common health reasons someone couldn't go veg? I was talking with one of my omnivore friends about vegetarianism, and she mentioned hearing that someone CAN'T suddenly go veg*n if they have heart problems, that it could bring on a heart attack or something like that. I couldn't reply at the time, because I was speechless, racking my brain for any logic for or against the claim. I've never heard of anything like that.

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There might be something for not drastically changing your diet overnight -- no matter what it is, as it might alter your body's normal functioning or something. And if you drastically alter the nutrients you have by eating bad (such as I'm sure many veg*n's did when they first started), you could put excess strain on your body that if you have a pre-existing condition it might cause problems.



But as I said, I'd think it'd apply for any drastic overnight change for eating.
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hmm, well, that makes sense. it's probably easier on the body to make changes gradually. but the meat eater with the bad heart would probably be eating veg foods already anyway, so they wouldn't necessarily have to introduce all new foods at once.

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I can't think of any. I've seen almost every excuse debunked successfully either online or in books.

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I think if somebody had a problem with iron absorption or iron storage then potentially they may need to continue eating meat, as the iron found in meat is a different form than that found in veges...

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They might be better off with a supplement though, as the vast majority of people who suffer from iron deficiency are eaters of red meat.

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well, i've never heard of that one, but i do know people who can't be veg because of severe food allergies, severe metabolic problems, and related.



i also know people who should be veg for these reasons!
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The only thing that I can think of that would possibly be a problem suddenly going to a healthy plant-based diet is if they're on meds for bp, diabetes, cholesterol or the like. Your body starts to recover very quickly if you make a radical healthy dietary change and amounts of medication that were appropriate on a typical SAD will be harmful and potentially fatal on a lowfat, whole food plant diet. Tapering off and eliminating certain meds must be done with a doctor. For example, Dr McDougall (off the top of my head here) often reduces insulin by half on the second day for his patients and has 90% and more Type II diabetes off all meds within two weeks because they do not need meds any more. It can be that fast.



Sounds like an excuse to me. ;-) Even if there are some allergies, it's a question of finding which plant foods to eat, not a reason to keep eating meat/dairy.
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My sister suffers from hyperthyroidism. She was vegetarian for a while but reverted to meat because 'doctor' told her she needs complete protein. Plus, she is allergic to soy, and thinks soy may have contributed to the thyroid disorder. Doctor also told her that 'animals were put here for us'.
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Ah, allergies do make things more difficult. I know that from personal experience. And a soy intolerance/allergy is pretty inconvenient for a veg. Coupled with Celiac or something like that would make eating pretty challenging.

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well, i've never heard of that one, but i do know people who can't be veg because of severe food allergies, severe metabolic problems, and related.



i also know people who should be veg for these reasons!



I have a friend that is allergic to almost everything food related. Rather than a list of things he can not eat, it is usually easier to say what he can eat. Some of those things are fish, rice, and sometimes bananas.

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