The World Health Organization (WHO) is making headlines around the world today announcing that meat (primarily processed meat, and to some extent, red meat) causes cancer. Setting aside my own feeling on consuming animals (there is no legitimate reason, in this day and age, to eat an animal … none), this news is really nothing new (and the risk is extremely low) but these headlines are a welcome site across my social media channels.
Prompting this blog post.
I am fortunate to personally know many of the leaders in the whole-foods, plant-based movement and have had one-on-one conversations with them about the risks of eating meat. While many of these doctors will dig their heels in to make their point, they are usually very diplomatic and try not to come across too strong when delivering their message.
Me, on the other hand? I have nothing to lose.
Meat causes cancer and dairy feeds this disease.
When you consider the health advantages of eating a whole-foods, plant-based diet (vegan) and weigh it against the known risks of consuming dead animals, the writing’s on the wall pointing to the diet for optimum health. Meat eaters can yell “bacon!” and “cheese!” all they want but they know full well that these foods are killing them slowly.
Meat causes cancer in any quantity. Casein, in dairy, fuels this cancer and helps it grow. Put the two together and you’ve just eaten a hand grenade and you pulled the pin long ago.
As an aside, meat and dairy also cause heart disease but I’ll leave that for another blog post.
Many of my animal eating friends are debunking the WHO report (since, of course, they will do anything to continue eating animals) and that’s fine. “Let them eat steak!” as the saying goes. I’m not going to change their minds and any report coming from any government agency is also not going to change their actions. They choose to eat what they want and I choose to eat what I want and ne’er shall the two “meat.”
Which is fine. I suppose.
I will say, however, that I’ve known a few animal eaters who are well aware of what they are doing to their bodies. Animal eaters who have been prescribed a “magic pill” (or two) that will keep their arteries nice and clean so they can carry on with their bacon-eating ways. I’ve also been seeing many animal eaters posting comments today like “tell this to the woman who lives to be 100 and ate bacon every day.” To which I reply: “No. Tell this to the 8.5 million people who die from cancer every year.” Oh, wait, you can’t … they’re dead.
Stop looking for the cure for cancer and start looking at the cause.
Animal eaters swear that humans were meant to consume other sentient beings with no regard to the fact that they sense fear and feel pain. If these animal eaters are not going to stop eating meat for their own health and well-being, why would we think they would stop for the health and well-being of animals?