Why I am considering leaving the Vegan/Vegetarian lifestyle:
I've been a vegan for at least two years now. Before I was vegan, I was quite malnourished and tired often. After I adjusted to eating more organic raw foods (vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts and seeds), as well as some cooked foods, for a while I was feeling great. I was eating a lot of fats too (olive oil, coconut, avocados, sunflower seeds, coconut oil, etc, etc). I also was taking Dr. Schulze's Super Food Plus formula... which is really great, and it even has B12 in it. I was juicing a lot too.
Since then, however, I've not had the same energy levels as I used to so I've been doing a very open minded research on this here. Before I tell you anything about what I've found, I want to tell you that I'm not at all interested in debating with anyone about these issues. I really do want the truth, and I would really appreciate it if someone here 'sets me straight' on these issues. By that, I mean that I am very open for a discussion about this, but if it comes to throwing flames at each other because one believes one thing and the other, the other, or one is an 'animal murderer' and the other is not, then I want absolutely nothing to do with it.
So, here are some of my findings:
1.The body n-e-e-d-s cholesterol. Its actually very very important to your body and you are basically a vegetable without it. Furthermore, there are many, many lies going around about it. The drug companies will tell you anything to make money. Such as LDL and HDL being two different kinds of cholesterol. Actually, there is only one cholesterol molecule and the LDL and HDL are its transport system (to the arteries, and away from the arteries). When you eat grains, if you do not eat cholesterol with it, your liver will convert the grains into fats, and cholesterol. Now, your body does make its own cholesterol but it still might be possible that it is not making enough because of a. you are not eating the right foods or b. you have a liver problem (as most people do). So, being low in cholesterol might (I say might) be a problem after a while.
2.Eating eggs has shown in scientific studies to not raise people's cholesterol levels.
3.A lot of vegetarians (or at least a decent amount of them) have problems with tooth decay. This tooth decay large associated with not having enough calcium, and consuming too many grains. A person's health is easily judged by the health of his or her teeth. If they have strong, healthy, cavity free teeth, that means that they are probably very healthy. If not, then they are probably not. I, myself, have a few cavities which are growing.
4.Its all about quality. Its all about quality. While commercial 30 day old eggs might not be good, fresh organic, true free range, might be good... especially if they were raw. While pasteurized milk does terrible things to you, organic raw milk is great.
5.There are tons of myths about vegan/vegetarianism of which most are apparently not true. Like, that the land is being wasted and even ruined by raising animals on it, or that animals take in more water than plants. This is really not true because much of earth's soil is not good growing soil, and the animals actually help fertilize and replenish soils. Furthermore, their urine gets put back into the soil, and that is high in nitrogen, composed of mostly water. And then they say that meat eaters are mot violent because some weird thing is like transferred from the meat to the person, and the person kills people. This is crazy though because there has been Vegan killers. Charles Manson and his followers were one of them. They took drugs, smoked, and drank, but they never ate meat. In fact, he preached against it. Yet he controlled many (and still is today, believe it or not), and many died. My problem is that if I say I am vegan, I associate myself with so many other people who preach these things that are not really true.
6.Its hard to be a vegan and have vitamin B12. The only real source I know of is bee pollen, though thats technically not vegan. I know Dr. Schulze sells his super food plus formula with some kind of special yeast that he grows himself, on molasses, and that has B12... but thats about it. And also a lot of the supplements are not the most kosher either. A lot of them are synthetic, or worse.
7.Weston Price went around the world looking for healthy people who had healthy teeth. He found then in people who ate a relatively native diet consisting of a lot of lipids and proteins... beef liver, bone marrow, etc. etc. People who ate too many complex carbohydrates (too much grains), sugars, and not enough calcium, lipids, etc-- had tooth decay. He concluded that people get cavities, not because of bacteria, but because of a lack of nutrition... and too much processed foods (grains again) which lead to the demineralization of the teeth.
8.Many vegans/vegetarians say that their lifestyle is a biblical one. But this does not make sense because the jews in the bible were all commanded to eat the passover lamb. Many times they ate meat. The bible even says in Proverbs 27:27 to let goats milk be your food, and for the food of your family. Abraham dressed a calf for the three men (one being Jesus) which came to him and he fed them milk and butter. Thats Genesis 18:8. While Genesis 2:19 does clearly outline a vegan type diet, that was before the fall, and things changed after that. Before the fall, Adam and Eve did not really need nutrients... they did not need to work, and they did not need to eat. They were constantly in the presence of God. After they sinned, they were separated from God... and then they needed to work for their food, and eat. Even Daniel... it does not say that he was a Vegetarian, or that he was a vegan. It just says that they ate pulse for 10 days. Not 3 years, 10 days. Pulse is basically legumes, but he could have had more than that. If I tell you that I had an apple today, you would assume that I had much more than that... right? At least thats what I believe. Now, you might say, â€œI don't believe in the bible.â€ Or, â€œI'm an atheist.â€ In such a case then my word is of no effect to you, but for those who do believe in the bible... please look into these things. Because if you want to support veganism with the bible, you will only be able to do so in two or three isolated passages.
9.With a vegan type diet, its very possible that one eat too many Omega 6's and not enough omega 3's. All these other fats that are really good for you too... come from animals.
10. Most vegans say that farming is wasting earth's space, and that it would be better put to use raising grains. However like I said many areas of earth cannot be farmed... and it is not for a lack of farming land, that people are starving. They are starving because of the greed of others. I note also that many people say that such practices are depleting the environment. Seems it is not raising animals that makes the environment (and soil) not so great, but rather commercial methods of raising animals. Commercial methods, even of raising produce. So, if you eat non organic produce, you are supporting the people who are making the Colorado river very salty, as an example. This leads me to #11.
11.More often than not, my problem with eating animals or animal by products has been more so with commercial raising of them, and processing, than with the animal product itself. For an example, milk often has growth hormones in it, and its pasteurized, etc, etc. People who drink milk have the same sickness, and the same poor teeth, as those who don;t. Raw milk is not at all like that. In fact, raw milk was once used as a medicine. You can read about it.
12.A lot of vegetarians seem to have a lot of pride. That is, they are somewhat puffed up and believe that they can get all the nutrients they need from plant sources without supplements (including B12)... even though studies and science itself does not seem to support that. Please do not get offended and know that I speak about a majority, not an individual. If I'm talking to anyone individually, it would be me.
13.Many foods should not be eaten raw. Things like potatoes and sweet potatoes. They are way too starchy.
14.Many people say that to eat animal products is unnatural and a few even go far enough to say that it is a sin to do that which is unnatural. Even yet, the bible has meat eats all up and down its pages. Furthermore, anyone who knows the human body knows that it is capapble of digesting animal products. It is actually omnivorous. Not herbivorous.
15.It is a common vegetarian belief that animal products and by products do not move through the colon as easily because they do not have fiber in them. Therefore, they are said to putrefy inside of your colon. However, there are a decent amount of vegans who have colon problems yet still. And if one was healthy, it is very possible to have healthy bowel movements even though they had some animal products. i.e., other fiber eaten throughout the day keeps the bowels functioning.
16.I became a vegan originally because I had such bad eyesight and every year I was having to get bigger glasses. While being vegan and eating mostly raw foods for a while, and juicing, taking green powders, as well as different herbs (eyebright, cayenne, etc) in large amounts, and taking both cayenne tincture and eyebright tincture (one of Dr. Schulze's products) in my eye, using an eye-cup... my vision only improved slightly. Since then, it has gone south quite a bit. Not only that but my teeth have been starting to decay, and I need to do something about it. To be honest, its very discouraging.
17. A healthy person... has a healthy weight. Its very simple. If someone is underweight, they might not be very healthy. I need to gain 20 pounds and many vegans (especially those who eat lots of raw foods), are skinny. Lots of people who consume large amounts of healthy fats, and lots of vegetables, are not fat. It seems that studies show overweight is largely due to eating too much processed foods, and carbohydrates (grains). Not merely eating animal products in general.
17.I conclude that a Vegan/vegetarian diet CAN be very healthy. That is if you drink a quart of vegetable juice a day, wheat grass juice, flax seed oil, hemp oil, mostly raw foods, a ton of nuts for fat and protein, maybe some bee pollen, use only natural organic soaps, do not eat conventional produce, etc, etc. Even then, you stand the chance of becoming deficient in vitamin B12. Not to mention calcium, Iron and even vitamin A (which you need a lot of beta carotene to make a little vitamin A). Though calcium is in some veggies, its very small amounts... and you have to eat lots of veggies, like 11 pounds a day. Furthermore, if you eat mostly raw foods, you are eating mostly complex carbohydrates... and it is also empty calories. Overall, it gets very expensive to live this way when a simple edition of farm fresh eggs ($1.00/dozen for us, down the road), some raw milk, and maybe some meat (like wild deer maybe) makes things a lot cheaper.
Soooo, will somebody please set me straight on all these issues here?? I would greatly appreciate it. I'm open to what you have to say.
I just need to do something more about my health. I need to cut back on grains, and I'm thinking that maybe I should start drinking some organic raw milk, and eating eggs (mostly raw), possibly some meats (I'm still sceptical), while still juicing and consuming large amounts of raw fruits and vegetables... or something. At least I know that being on a high calcium, high iron, high fat diet, helps a lot with eyesight problems, and healing tooth decay. Read about it on Dr. Mercola's site, and also check into Weston Price.