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The Yin & Yang of the Notmilk Agenda

The Yin & Yang of the Notmilk Agenda

"He who would learn to fly one day must learn to
stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one
cannot fly into flying."
- Friedrich Nietzsche

If you presently eat the Standard American Diet
(SAD Diet), don't become a raw food vegan today.
I have done so slowly over the course of the past
16 years.

Arriving at a final destination often involves
making many stops along the way. Sometimes we
become lost many times before finding our way.

This is friendly advice for the Notmilk readers who
ate turkey for Thanksgiving and ham for Christmas.
I love you. You will make changes in your diet when
you are spiritually ready to do so because you want
to, not because it is my wish that you do so.

I will continue to offer you motivation. I remember
how delicious meat and dairy products once were. Many
people make the transition from the standard American
diet to a plant-based diet, and the journey often
requires many steps. Compassion to animals is often
said to be the primary motivator, but compassion to
your own body will become the most glorious result.

Yin and Yang are spiritual forces in Chinese
philosophy. Together they form the life-giving power
of the universe, but apart they are opposite sides
of the pole. Yin is the moon; the soft, the feminine,
the receptive and even side of things. Yang is the
sun; the bright and powerful masculine force, the
odd and wild side.

There are meat eaters, vegetarians, and vegans.
Vegetarians drink milk and eat dairy products.
Vegans eat no animal products.

Meat eaters and vegetarians are the Yang. By eating
animal flesh or drinking their body fluids, one
ingests their hormones. Vegetarians often drink
more milk and eat more dairy than meat eaters.

Vegans eat no animal hormones. Vegans are the Yin.

"Significant atherosclerosis is rare in peoples
whose diet over the life span is predominantly
vegetarian and low in calories, total lipids,
saturated lipids and cholesterol."

Nutrition and Athersclerosis by Louis Katz. 1958

"The study measured testosterone levels in 696
Oxford University men. Of the study participants,
233 were vegan (ate no animal products) and 237
were vegetarian (ate milk and dairy products). The
remaining 237 subjects were men who ate meat on
most days of the week...vegans had higher
testosterone levels than vegetarians and meat

British Journal of Cancer, 83(1), July 2000

"Scientific data suggest positive relationships
between a vegetarian diet and reduced risk for
several chronic degenerative diseases and
conditions, including obesity, coronary artery
disease, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, and
some types of cancer."

Journal of the American Dietetic Association,
November 1997, 97(1)

"Vegetarians often have lower mortality rates from
several chronic degenerative diseases than do non

British Medical Journal, 1996; 313

"Vegan diets are appropriate for all stages
of the life cycle, including during pregnancy
and lactation."

Am J Clin Nutr. 1994;59(suppl):1176S-1181S.

"Vegan diets can meet the nutrient and energy
needs of pregnant women. Birth weights of infants
born to well nourished vegetarian women have been
shown to be similar to birth-weight norms and to
birth weights of infants of non-vegetarians."

Pediatrics. 1989;84

"Vegetarian diets low in fat or saturated fat
have been used successfully as part of
comprehensive health programs to reverse
severe coronary artery disease."

Journal of the American Medical Association 1995; 274

"Vegetarian diets offer disease protection
benefits because higher concentration of
antioxidants such as vitamins C and E,
carotenoids, and phytochemicals."

Am J Clin Nutr. 1996;63(suppl)

"Vegetarian diets offer disease protection
benefits because of their lower saturated fat,
cholesterol, and animal protein content and
often higher concentration of folate which
reduces serum homocysteine levels."

J Am Diet Assoc. 1995;95

"Mortality from coronary artery disease is
lower in vegetarians than in non-vegetarians."

British Medical Journal, 1994; 308

"Vegetarian diets have been successful in
arresting coronary artery disease."

Am J Epidemiol. 1995;142

"Serum cholesterol and low density lipoprotein
cholesterol levels are usually lower in vegetarians."

Am J Clin Nutr. 1994;59

"Vegetarians have a lower incidence of
hypertension than non-vegetarians."

Am J Clin Nutr. 1994; 59(suppl)

"Type 2 diabetes mellitus is less likely to
be a cause of death in vegetarians than non

Am J Clin Nutr. 1988;48(suppl)

"Incidence of lung and colorectal cancer is
lower in vegetarians than in non-vegetarians."

Am J Clin Nutr. 1994;59(suppl)

"Reduced colorectal cancer risk is associated
with increased consumption of fiber, vegetables,
and fruit."

Cancer Causes Control. 1991;1:427-442.

"Breast cancer rates are lower in populations that
consume plant based diets."

American Cancer Society Cancer Facts and
Figures, 1994

"Some plant proteins may increase survival rates
and decrease proteinuria, glomerular filtration
rate, renal blood flow, and histologic renal
damage compared with a non-vegetarian diet."

Clinical Nutrition, 1995;10

Robert Cohen

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