Why You May Want to Eliminate or Greatly Reduce Your Consumption of Meat

by Norm on April 5, 2013

in Diet, Eliminations, Energy, Fatigue, Health Q & A, Pain Reduction

Q. All of my life I have eaten a lot of meat. I have tried to go without eating meat and find that I become very sluggish and don’t feel as good. Is it possible that I am a person who must eat meat to be healthy?

Humans don’t need to eat meat to be healthy.

However, if you have been eating meat all of your life, it may be difficult for your cells to assimilate nutrients from meat substitutes. Therefore, make dietary changes gradually. Give the body and mind a chance to adapt to the changes.

If you are used to eating meat every day, try cutting back to three times a week. If that is too difficult, try five times. Especially, try to cut out beef and pork. Chicken, lamb, and fish are better.

Q. What’s wrong with meat, anyway? Before I can give up meat, I need a pretty good reason.

There are several good reasons for giving up meat. Even the U.S. medical establishment is recommending that red meat eating be reduced because of its contribution to heart disease and cancer. But let’s examine one seldom mentioned problem created by eating meat: Uric Acid.

The Problem of Uric Acid and Eating Meat

A pound of beefsteak contains about 14 grains of uric acid. The kidneys are capable of eliminating only about 6 grains of uric acid daily and some of that is uric acid the body produces.

The excess uric acid can become a source of gout, rheumatism, headaches, nervousness, irritation, and other conditions.

When elements not used by the body are not eliminated, they become toxins that deposit themselves in the organs, glands, blood vessels, joints, and muscles.

As these toxins build up, you begin experiencing nervousness, pain, lack of energy, stiffness, and possibly so-called degenerative diseases.

Colon Cancer and Meat Eating

One of the main reasons that modern medicine recommends reducing the amount of meat in your diet is that meat eating has been associated with colon cancer.

Since meat has no dietary fiber, it does not easily move along the intestinal tract.

If your meal also includes  white flour products like bread, biscuits, pasta, and cakes, or other products in which the fiber has been reduced, you will have created a glue like substance which traps poisons in the colon. This means that the residue stays in the intestines too long creating a condition of auto-toxemia.

In some cases these toxins remain in the intestines for years.

This is why it is so important, if you do eat meat, to include a large vegetable salad with the meal. The vegetable fibers will help the meat residue to move along the intestinal tract to be eliminated from the body.

Two More Reasons to Eliminate or Greatly Reduce Your Consumption of Meat

Two other reasons taught by Yoga Science have to do with reasons less known by western science.

The Yogi Masters say that animals on the way to slaughter become frightened and in their panic secrete poisons that are detrimental to your health, when you eat this meat.

The second reason is that in killing and eating animals we create some negative karma and lower our own vibrations making spiritual progress more difficult.

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Peter Berquist April 6, 2013 at 10:36 am

Norman,
Thanks for posting this information. We have a health crisis in this country, and experts say that one of the leading causes is the Standard American Diet, which includes a lot of meat.

In my opinion, one of the leading experts in this field is Dr. Joel Fuhrman, MD.
Dr. Fuhrman has spent over twenty years researching the effects of diet on health, and has put this information into practice with his patients. In addition, Dr. Fuhrman has written a number of books on this subject, including the best-selling “Eat to Live”.

Recently Dr. Fuhrman sent out an email with information on another way that meat eating causes colon cancer, based on the latest scientific studies. Here are a couple excerpts:

“When we consume animal protein, the body increases its production of a hormone called IGF-1, (insulin-like growth factor ). IGF-1 is one of the body’s important growth promoters during fetal and childhood growth, but later in life IGF-1 promotes the aging process. Reduced IGF-1 signaling in adulthood is associated with reduced oxidative stress, decreased inflammation, enhanced insulin sensitivity and longer lifespan. In contrast, IGF-1 has been shown to promote the growth, proliferation and spread of cancer cells, and elevated IGF-1 levels are linked to increased risk of several cancers, colon cancer included. . . .

“Which foods raise IGF-1?
“Since the primary dietary factor that determines IGF-1 levels is animal protein, the excessive meat, fowl, seafood, and dairy intake common in our society elevates circulating IGF-1. Refined carbohydrates, like white flour, white rice, and sugars can also raise IGF-1 levels, because they cause rapid increases in insulin levels, leading to increases in IGF-1 signaling. In fact, IGF-1 signaling is thought to be a major factor in the connection between diabetes and cancer.”
. . .
“How can we keep IGF-1 in a safe range?
“Reducing IGF-1 levels by dietary methods is now considered by many scientists to be an effective cancer prevention measure. Minimizing or avoiding animal protein, isolated soy protein and refined carbohydrates can help to keep our IGF-1 levels in a safe range. Green vegetables, beans and other legumes, and seeds are rich in plant protein and they have cancer-preventive, not cancer-promoting properties. For optimal cancer protection, vegetables, beans, fruits, intact grains, nuts and seeds should comprise the vast majority of our calories.”

An overview of Dr. Fuhrman’s dietary recommendations.

Norm April 6, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Hi Peter,

Thank you very much for this. I think Dr Fuhman makes a real effort to help everyone to better health.

And you do too. I appreciate your expertise on diet.

Blessings,
Norman

Lee H April 8, 2013 at 1:01 am

And here’s the latest on the subject from the scientists:
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/08/health/study-points-to-new-culprit-in-heart-disease.html?src=me&ref=general
Cheers ==>Lee

Norm April 8, 2013 at 9:10 am

Lee, Thank you very much.

What struck me as very human, yet important, was the action of the main researcher on this study:

“Dr. Hazen, though, has taken his findings to heart. He used to eat red meat several times a week, about 12 ounces at a time. Now, he said, he eats it once every two weeks and has no more than 4 to 6 ounces at a time.”

So the good doctor sets a good example: If you can’t stop eating meat all together, at least you can cut down and that will help.

Namasté,
Norm

Peter Berquist April 8, 2013 at 10:20 am

Norman,
No disrespect meant to Lee, but the NY Times article posted is disturbing to me. I would like to know where the funding for this “study” came from.

As documented in his book “Overdosed America” http://www.overdosedamerica.com/ , Dr. John Abramson, MD, shows that most of these studies are in fact funded by pharmaceutical companies trying to market a new drug. And the study discussed in this article looks highly suspicious to me.

The first red flag is the following statement from the article:

“In fact, these scientists suspected that saturated fat and cholesterol made only a minor contribution to the increased amount of heart disease seen in red-meat eaters.”

It appears to me that they are denying thousands of scientific studies that say the opposite, in order to set the stage for their new drug being the cure, rather than using proper diet to prevent heart disease.

The next red flag is seen in this statement:

“Researchers say the work could lead to new treatments for heart disease — perhaps even an antibiotic to specifically wipe out the bacterial culprit”

So the pharmaceutical company that makes the antibiotic will market it using this “study” as evidence, and people will think they can eat all the meat they want if only they take this new antibiotic. The drug company will rake in a massive profit, while the people who take it will not be addressing the underlying cause of their heart disease. In addition they will suffer the significant side effects of taking antibiotics.

In contrast, look at a few excerpts from an article by Dr. Fuhrman called “Facts on Heart Disease” http://www.drfuhrman.com/library/facts_on_heart_disease.aspx

“Most people are not aware that heart disease can be totally prevented and cholesterol levels dropped radically low, without drugs, by adopting a diet based on nutritional excellence such as I prescribe to my patients; a program for those who want to completely remove their risk of heart disease and not merely lower their risk a little.”

“There is irrefutable scientific evidence that high cholesterol levels are associated with increased risk of Coronary Heart Disease (CHD). The new recommendations of medical authorities are to maintain your LDL cholesterol below 100. Less than 10% of the adult population in America actually has LDL cholesterol levels that meet these recommendations.”

“My high-nutrient, vegetable-based diet as outlined in Eat For Health enables people to achieve remarkable reductions in these cardiac risk factors (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and overweight/obesity).”

Norm April 8, 2013 at 2:02 pm

Peter,

You make a very good point when you say, “I would like to know where the funding for this “study” came from.”

At this point, I don’t know how honest this research is.

I think that we are well to always look beyond the “News” and question who is supporting the research, who is supporting the congressman, who is supporting the Medical Doctor, who is supporting the financial adviser, who is supporting the student loan program, and even, who is supporting the news media?

Usually, we don’t know, but we can always look out for “red flags,” as you mention.

Then there are times when a researcher is biased in attempting to promote himself.

Who will profit from….

One thing is for sure, if we don’t take responsibility for our own health, someone is sure to make money on our poor health.

pedro anillo guevara April 10, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Todo accion correcta cuenta; y no comer carne es totalmente un accion de compasion.
paz,
pedro

Norm April 10, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Pedro, Thank you.

Your comment translates as,
“Every correct action counts; and to not eat meat is completely an act of compassion. Peace, Pedro”

Rosemary Swann April 19, 2013 at 8:25 am

Hi Norman,
Thanks for this information on uric acid as derived from over consumption of meat products. Here is another angle on how we can get too much uric acid from sweetened drinks!
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/03/13/richard-johnson-interview.aspx

Norm April 19, 2013 at 9:11 am

Rosemary,
Thank you very much for this.
I was not aware of the role that fructose played in increasing uric acid.
Nice to hear from you,
Namasté,
Norm

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