NOTHING WILL BENEFIT HUMAN HEALTH AND INCREASE CHANCES OF SURVIVAL FOR LIFE ON EARTH AS MUCH AS THE EVOLUTION TO A VEGETARIAN DIET:
ALBERT EINSTEIN, NOBEL PRIZE WINNER
The ultra-conservative British Medical Association has released a report stating categorically that vegetarians live longer than meat eaters.
The coronary heart disease mortality among total vegetarians is just 14 percent. Vegetarians can, of course, have heart attacks, but they occur approximately 20 years later than in the lives of meat eaters. This is a huge difference. And vegetarians live their lives feeling more fit and healthy and suffering from fewer bouts of sickness. Even doctors, who have been slow in recognizing the importance of nutrition to health, are beginning to concede to the scientific evidence that has been accumulating for about 100 years. Vegetarians, the report concludes, have a 28 percent lower risk of dying from heart disease and a 39 percent lower risk of dying from cancer.
The research of British Medical Association is based on a 12 year study of 5,015 British meat eaters and 6,115 non-meat eaters. It was a thoroughly controlled study which took into account the effects of living conditions, social status, weight, job hazards and smoking, and still ended up pointing the finger at meat. But what is bizarre about the British study is the fact that its authors said they were “unable to pinpoint exactly what in the vegetarian diet contributed to increased longevity”.
According to Arthur Upton, Director of the National Cancer Institute in the US, “Up to 50 percent of all forms of cancer are caused by diet. It is not a question of what is in a vegetarian diet. Rather it is a matter of what’s not in it. And what’s not in it - the toxins that are found in meat. The human machine is not designed to deal with it, so it becomes a poison. Colon cancer should be the most apparent indicator because that is where problems with digestion show up.” A British study found that there is not a single population group in the world with a high meat intake that does not have a high rate of colon cancer.
John Scharffenberg, drawing upon epidemiological data provided by Lemon and Walden, reported that the best diet for human beings in terms of health and longevity is vegetarian. In general, vegetarians live about six years longer than their meat eating counterparts. But the biological cost of an ‘omnivorous’ diet is only partly shown up by life expectancy estimates. Certainly, the quality of life is reduced when one has to suffer from say, non-lethal but debilitating strokes and heart attacks, obesity, reduced endurance etc.
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