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  • me

    I have no doubt that many people can be vegetarian or vegan and be healthy, and the studies show without doubt that vegetarians have much lower rates of heart disease and bowel cancer, for example.

    My experience has been as follows. I ate only white meat, and seldomly at that, for around 10+ years, and then I became fully vegetarian for about five years. Before and during this period, I lived with a severe anxiety disorder. In 2010, I began a naturopathic regime to treat my anxiety, and I chose to start eating small amounts of grass-fed, free range, hormone-free chicken and cervena again (one to two times a week). And I honestly feel better for it. I have met several other individuals recovering from clinical anxiety disorders who had a similar experience…they were vegan or vegetarian for years and feel better emotionally for having reintroduced some good quality meat to their diets. So, IMHO, it appears that some of us need a little meat to thrive. It would be interesting to research this theory….I wonder if some of us are biologically unable to make full use of the amino acids in non-animal products? It could be a genetic, enzymatic issue. This is, of course, purely a theory. But one I hope can be investigated some day.

  • Lorraine Lister

    Too biased an article from Jason Shon Bennett towards vegetarianism. There is no “one size fits all” diet. Yes, a diet should comprise a high amount of fruit and vegetables and in this respect too many people consume too few of these. However, there is plenty of evidence to support the consumption of organic meat and poutlry as part of a healthy diet and also fish. Dairy from raw milk products can also provide good nutrition provided there is no lactose intolerance. Probably the most important aspect is to eat a wholefood diet and avoid all processed foods. It also important to know which foods work for your body reflecting the old saying “One man’s meat is another man’s poison'”