10 Reasons Why I Went Plant-Based (Vegan)

1. To Avoid Endotoxins in Meat which Cause Inflammation (Endotoxins are toxins from bacterial cell walls; cooking does not eliminate these)*

2. Ethical Concerns: 124,000 land animals die each day in this country for the food industry

3. To Avoid Antibiotic Resistance: 78% of all antibiotics in this country go to animals (30 million pounds of antibiotics are pumped into animals every year)

4. To Avoid Toxins such as Dioxins, PCBs, and Mercury Found in Fish

5. To Improve Life Expectancy (See Blue Zones, areas of the largest number of centenarians: they eat 90-98% plant-based)

6. To Avoid Cancer: The overall incidence of cancer is significantly lower in vegetarians compared to meat eaters (See Protein-aholic)

7. To Avoid Diabetes: Meat is the biggest risk factor for diabetes

8. To Avoid Heart Disease

9. To Avoid the Hormones and Pus Found in Milk (Yes, milk does have pus no matter what an internet search says)

10. Sustainability

BONUS  REASON: To Lose Weight (Eating chicken is the biggest risk factor for gaining weight)

*For more information see www.NutritionFacts.org

and Becoming Vegan: The Complete Reference to Plant-Based Nutrition (150 pages of references, the book answers every possible question you might have about a plant-based diet)


Dr Josh

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4 Comments on “10 Reasons Why I Went Plant-Based (Vegan)

  1. Great post, Dr. Helman! Thanks so much for being a strong influence in my decision to become vegan. You have been a walking, talking inspiration to me.

    I love your last point about chicken. I truly believe this not-so-lean meat has caused a significant amount of weight gain and weight-related problems throughout the world. I’m still shocked when I see a chicken dish on a “healthy” magazine cover. Argh!

  2. Great Article glad we met you on the holistic cruise and remained friends and promoters of plant based nutirtion.

  3. Bravo, Josh!…an excellent share! Maybe someday even the likes of Dr. Mercola (MD) will be motivated to educate themselves on the recent “history” (clinical data) on veganism. And, the field of medical anthropology could further educate them on the ANCIENT origins of human diet, as being vegan (frugivore specifically), as well as the results (disease) of a species straying from their dietary ecological niche–in terms of what constitutes still today a “biologically correct” diet and dietary causes of disease–should Mercola-ites care to investigate that scientific data too. But then Natural Hygienists have been sharing that data since 1850, and it doesn’t seem to have much of an effect on the field of “modern” medicine. One has to simply know and accept that the bulk of modern medicine and its “standard of care” is not determined by objective and impartial views of the scientific data, but instead more by the politics of commercial interests like Big Farm and Pharma. The only way to get around such politics–and thus practice and/or receive a biologically correct medical Standard of Care today–is to flee countries whose politics and actions are little more than errand-boys for commercial interests (like the US FDA, USDA, FTC, etc., etc. etc.). Until one exits this kind of influence, one will be subject more and more to the kinds of laws and regulations that not only discriminate against even speaking the truth, but force one to accept the products and so-called “medicine” (such as the recent forced vaccination of California school children) that support and are supported by special interests rather than “the objective scientific data”.