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."
"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,
"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