One day, sickly vegans will occupy all of the hospital beds in America, while meat eaters will fill all of the slots in CBS's new reality show, "America's Healthiest Specimens."

On that day, the moon will turn blue, hell will freeze over, and the NY Mets will win the pennant.

The World Health Organization recommends that the average adult consume 28-35 grams of protein each day. The average American delivers well over 100 grams of protein to his or her body each day, and that might be the reason for our high rates of cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis, asthma, and diabetes.

As for protein deficiency, visit any U.S. hospital and ask:

"How many patients occupy beds here because they do not eat enough protein?"

The answer you will get is, "Zero."

Hospitals are filled with Americans who have eaten too much dietary animal protein. It is nearly impossible to live in America and not satisfy your protein needs.

In 1988, Dr. C. Everett Koop, the Surgeon General of the United States issued his Report on Nutrition and Health, which concluded:

"The average man in the US eats 175% more protein than the recommended daily allowance and the average woman eats 144% more."

The Surgeon General had to had to have been aware of these five additional scientific facts:


"Osteoporosis is caused by a number of things, one of the most important being too much dietary protein."

Science 1986;233(4763)


"Countries with the highest rates of osteoporosis, such as the United States, England, and Sweden, consume the most milk. China and Japan, where people eat much less protein and dairy food, have low rates of osteoporosis. "

Nutrition Action Healthletter, June, 1993


"Dietary protein increases production of acid in the blood which can be neutralized by calcium mobilized from the skeleton."

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 1995; 61


"Even when eating 1,400 mg of calcium daily, one can lose up to 4% of his or her bone mass each year while consuming a high-protein diet."

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 1979;32


"Increasing one's protein intake by 100% may cause calcium loss to double."

Journal of Nutrition, 1981; 111

One year after the Surgeon General's comments, the European Journal of Epidemiology (1999 Jul, 15:6, 507-15) reported:

"Animal food-groups were directly correlated to mortality from coronary heart disease, defined as sudden coronary death or fatal myocardial infarction and vegetable food-groups (except potatoes) as well as fish and alcohol were inversely correlated with CHD mortality. Univariate analysis showed significant positive correlation coefficients for butter (R = 0.887), meat (R = 0.645), pastries (R = 0.752), and milk (R = 0.600) consumption, and significant negative correlation coefficients for legumes (R = -0.822), oils (R = -0.571), and alcohol (R = -0.609) consumption. Combined vegetable foods (excluding alcohol) were inversely correlated (R = -0.519), whereas combined animal foods (excluding fish) were directly correlated (R = 0.798) with coronary heart disease death rates."

"Do you think horses and elephants worry about not having any animal protein in their diet? Elephants are bigger and stronger than you."
- Ruth Heidrich
Robert Cohen
http://www.notmilk. com

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