Why I Avoid Meat and Dairy

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I have been doing my best to stay away from meat and dairy products for the last year. This means using substitutions such a Quorn chicken , mince and sausages (made from soya) and almond or coconut milk. This is because I believe that these products, especially dairy, are one of the causes of cancer.

I also eat lots of fruit and veg (raw is better), nuts and pulses, wholewheat pasta and bread, wholegrain rice, quinoa, couscous and food with anti cancer properties and antioxidants such as garlic, tomatoes and blueberries. I avoid all pre-packaged and processed foods and products with unrecognizable ingredients.

I have family members who have kept their cancer at bay for years, and I honestly believe it is because they stuck to this diet. Then I read “Your Life In Your Hands” by Professor Jane Plant, which explained everything to me.

Jane Plant was a long term sufferer from breast cancer when she made the link between cancer and this diet. After asking herself why women in China suffered so much less from cancer than women in the western world, she discovered that meat and dairy were excluded from their diet and that they lived mainly on soya. After making these changes to her own diet, the tumor in her breast shrunk until it disappeared.

Think about it. A baby cow is on its feet from the moment of birth. This is part of its instinct to be able to escape from predators. Its mother’s milk contains growth factors that speed up the growth of the calf, enabling it to become strong in a short space of time. The growth of a human baby is very different, as it rarely walks before its first birthday, and takes years and years to mature into a full grown adult human.

Scientists believe that breast and prostate tissue both have receptors for the growth factors present in cow’s milk. In other words, when consumed by humans, the hormones in the milk speed up the growth of cancer cells.  You wouldn’t drink the milk of a dog or a monkey. Cows milk is specifically tailored to fit the needs of young cows, just as human breast milk fits the needs of human babies. In fact, as odd as it many sound, many people believe that human breast milk has cancer curing qualities. You’ll also notice that humans are the only species to continue to drink milk after infancy.

However, the problem isn’t only in the milk. When you eat beef, you are eating a cow that has consumed cow’s milk when it was young. Therefore, its body is swimming with the hormones from the milk that were intended for it to grow. The same goes for any other mammals. Jane Plant describes the link between dairy products and breast cancer as the same as the link between smoking and lung cancer.

Protein is good for you, yet too much animal protein is not. Animals injected with hormones such as poultry or farmed salmon could be the reason for early puberty in some children. Chicken is often pumped full of these hormones to make the breast tender, and can have disastrous effects on the human body.  These chickens are kept in cages in the dark for their whole lives, making them far from “natural”. If you were to eat poultry, the best would be wild game or your own, self-raised poultry, to ensure that you know how they were raised and what they were fed.

I do eat eggs, although not every day. Free range eggs, meaning eggs from chickens who have lived outside, with fresh air and space, are the best. The difference in the colour of the yolks that come from the chickens in my mother’s garden and the shop-bought ones is incredible. The eggs of free range hens are larger, and the yolks are bright orange instead of pale and watery, due to the chicken’s consumption of grass, leaves and insects, which makes them high in nitrogen and zinc. In Your Life In Your Hands, Jane Plant says “Eggs also contain high levels of the amino acid cysteine used in anti-radiation pills so, in moderation, egg consumption will help combat the effects of radiotherapy and diagnostic x-rays.” However, I personally sometimes ask my self if eggs should be eaten at all, as they were clearly not made for that purpose.

Fish and seafood, although animal proteins, contain vitamin D and omega 3, which are fantastic for the human body. They should be eaten in moderation and always wild and “responsibly sourced” rather than farmed. Jane Plant says that scientists have found that “populations such as the Eskimos living on a predominantly fish diet have long been known to have less breast cancer than those eating other animal fats.”

If I eat meat, which is rarely, it is usually because I am eating a meal with friends. To be honest,I love the taste of meat, but I believe it is bad for the body and therefore I only eat it occasionally. Sometimes I wonder why eating a dead animal appeals to me, or any of us. Is fruit, for example, made so sweet and colourful and visually appealing for a reason? Do we need anything else?

Cardiologist William C. Roberts compares the short intestinal tract of carnivores( short so that they can quickly digest the rotting flesh) and a herbivore’s intestines, which are 12 times as long as its body length. He says that humans resemble herbivores more closely. He also notes that both humans and herbivores sip water instead of lapping it up with their tongues, and both sweat to cool off instead of panting. We have small mouths and chew instead of swallowing whole, and we do not have the teeth or the jaws for dismembering meat.

I feel so much healthier when eating a plant based diet, and if you’re interested, I’d suggest reading Your Life In Your Hands, The China Study and Whole.

I’d love to hear your views on vegan eating! 🙂

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6 Comments

  1. wow. I’m speechless. I had never thought of a single word you said. Yet it is so obvious. A simple fact like that- being so in your face- yet not noticed by millions of Americans. That is amazing. Everything you said makes complete sense. I’ve never been a huge milk drinker (in my cereal mostly) or a meat eater other than white meat. But my kids… Ages 4,5,8 & 13 ‘couldn’t survive’ without milk. That’d be their only intake of liquid if I allowed it. It’s quite scary, your post. Time to make some changes!! I thank you- so very much!!

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    1. Tasha, I had the same reaction when I was told about this! People just aren’t aware. I’ve also read that the food industry wouldn’t want people to believe this as it would be very bad for business, and that if we stopped raising cows and other animals as a food source, there would be enough space to grow enough crops to feed the entire world and stop starvation. Crazy! I’m so so glad you liked this post. Let me know if you do decide to make some changes! 🙂 (your kids might enjoy almond milk, it tastes good and is relatively thick too!)

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