Meat-eaters suffer relatively short lives

opinion May 18, 2017 01:00

Re: All the dietary, medical and meditation wisdom expounded recently in this space.

With few exceptions, the meat-and-milk diet humans seem to enjoy is sourced from the bodies of herbivorous animals. So how did these animals develop their bones and muscular strength? All their dietary requirements are met by plants rather than the flesh or milk of other species. To eat animals is to consume second-hand food. The fundamental food sustaining life on earth is plants, which contain all the protein, vitamins and minerals required by the human species.

Osteoporosis is caused through calcium loss not lack of intake. Ninety-five per cent of calcium is stored in the bones, with only 5 per cent in the blood as an electrolyte. Animal-sourced protein leaches calcium from the bones, a fact conceded by the Osteoporosis Society UK. The ethnic group that suffers most from osteoporosis is the Inuit Eskimo, whose diet is almost 100-per-cent animal-based. 

Without tools, humans are not equipped – with teeth or claws – to take down a buffalo, goat or other herbivore. Neither can we suckle a bovine for its milk without risk of being kicked to death. 

Meanwhile humans don’t drink their own mother’s milk after weaning. So why do adult humans drink the milk of another mammal, when it is nutritionally unnecessary, physiologically incompatible and causes great suffering?

Carnivores must be aggressive to stay alive; herbivores browse and graze peacefully. Meat consumers consider it macho to consume the flesh of other animals but they rely heavily on medical and pharmaceutical industries for longevity. The biggest, most powerful and longest-living animal is the elephant. In its natural state it can live for 80-plus years without medical intervention. By contrast, in their natural state, carnivores have relatively short lives because they are stressed both mentally and physically. 

It’s all about awareness and common-sense observation.

JC Wilcox