Posts tagged: health
Utterly unsurprising. I’m so glad they’re doing this research, though it’s sickeningly ironic that they did it on mice. -_-
You can run, but you can’t hide. Vegans are out to get you.
*Cue the vegan zombies*.
Frankly, it’s your consumption and use of nonhuman animals that we’ve got a problem with. Are vegans wrong about this? Should we just leave you alone? Please consider the following as a testament to why we…
Thought for the day!
For a long time I didn’t really want to believe this was true in my case However it was and is :)
In the long fight over antibiotic use in agriculture, one of the most contentious points is whether the resistant bacteria that inevitably arise can move off the farm to affect humans. Most of the illnesses that have been associated with …
As if we needed another reason to stop consuming this poison.
February is American Heart Month and a good time to remember that heart health should be a focus all year long.
The American Heart Association recommends limiting cholesterol intake to less than 300 milligrams per day, less than 200 milligrams per day if your LDL cholesterol is over 100 mg/dL or if you have heart disease.
How much cholesterol do foods have? One egg yolk: 212 milligrams, 31/2 ounces shrimp: 194 milligrams, 31/2 ounce chicken without skin: 85 milligrams, 1 ounce cheddar cheese: 30 milligrams.
Plant foods contain no cholesterol.
The highest of all veterinary drug residues are found in bob veal (calves under three days old that weigh only 70 to 100 pounds) says the USDA Inspector General report.
"Farmers are prohibited from selling milk for human consumption from cows that have been medicated with antibiotics (as well as other drugs) until the withdrawal period is over; so instead of just disposing of this tainted milk, producers feed it to their calves. When the calves are slaughtered, the drug residue from the feed or milk remains in their meat, which is then sold to consumers.”
Just, a million ew’s.
No big surprise here! A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that as total red meat consumption increased, C-reactive protein (CRP, a biomarker of infections and diseases including heart disease and cancer), hemoglobin A1c (an indicator of diabetes risk), and stored iron (a mineral which in excess is associated with heart disease, cancer, and diabetes) also increased.
Weight and calorie intake also increased with increased intake of red and processed meat products.
Today marks yet another “awareness” day across the fast-food-shoveling pit of sickness that is America: heart disease awareness.
Wearing a color isn’t activism. Wearing a color isn’t education. The exchange of knowledge is what matters. Traditional heart disease isn’t something you have to fear. It doesn’t strike like lightning. It isn’t like Down’s syndrome or paraplegia; you don’t just “get it” from an unlucky drawing in life’s lottery. It’s a lifestyle disease, and all lifestyle diseases are pretty simple: your body works as well as you treat it. Garbage in, garbage out. Treat your body well, and it won’t up and fail on you before you’ve lived a nice long life.
What does make a difference is research. Educate yourself so you can educate others. Post on your blog, on social media; talk about it with someone at lunch. Share what you learn with your family, your partner, your friends. If you inspire even one person to make better choices for themselves or the planet, your efforts have not been in vain.
Barbecue and chicken-fried steak are a way of life in this corner of East Texas; so are obesity, diabetes, cancer and heart disease. But because of the mayor, Marshall is becoming known as a small city where people who eschew animal products can order in restaurants.
“We’ve seen people make the change for health purposes, and once they’ve been able to disassociate themselves from animal products, all of a sudden they’re more receptive to what’s happening with animals. It’s not such a challenge to their own personal ethics.”
Bryan Kest’s 3-workout yoga series is the best I’ve ever done, and they are all available on Amazon Instant Video for like $2-3 each. They are thorough and enlivening workouts that are perfect for this kind of weather when you don’t want to go out and jog or visit the gym. I used them a decade ago…
I’m reading A comparative study of our digestive anatomy against carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. on Scribd… #ReadScribd
A great tool to offer those tiresome people in your life who claim we’re “designed” to eat meat (an irrelevant, last-resort argument against veganism, but nonetheless they love to try).
If you’ve ever doubted that fat-shaming is something that happens every day, just listen to the hundreds of Twitter users who shared their stories last week.
All right, look.
Here’s what’s wrong on the fat-shaming side:
People making unwarranted comments about your body/giving you dirty looks/etc, regardless of your size. That’s wrong.
Here’s what’s wrong on YOUR side:
Your health is not a personal choice. How you care for your body affects healthcare costs and the entire economy for the rest of us. You cannot intelligently argue with this as there is too much research to support it, not to mention basic common sense and logic. You don’t have to be a supermodel to be healthy, but you cannot be 400 lbs and be healthy. Stop kidding yourself.
Airline seats not being big enough for you (etc.) is not discrimination. It’s not bullying. Those are serious labels. Not supporting obesity is not equivalent to racism, homophobia, sexism, etc. Those are things out of someone’s control. You being fat is not equivalent to you being born a paraplegic. Trying to put your size on the same level as other serious issues like this is delusional, egotistical, and just plain bullshit.
Thin is not a privilege. Some people are born with different metabolisms (if yours sucks, blame your parents, it’s not an accident), but everyone can take charge of their own lives and well-being. I was born with a good metabolism because my mother is a health nut; my husband wasn’t because his mother did drugs during her pregnancy and fed him nothing but junk food until he left home. His once-obese size was not ”hereditary”! It was built. He had learned habits, not a “genetic condition”. He now looks like this, is healthy as a horse, and yeah, he has to work a lot harder than I do to stay healthy, but we both still have to work. Don’t you dare tell me I’m some “privileged” elitist, because I work out regularly (which I often hate, by the way; thin people often hate working out too, you know!) and discipline myself to a very healthy vegan diet — which is not easy. Being healthy isn’t easy, for anyone. And it’s not about being thin - you can be thin and unhealthy. But you can’t be significantly overweight and healthy. Period.
Weight issues are real. I get it. It’s much harder for some than for others, and I do sympathize with the struggle. But your biggest potential enemy is ignorance. The last tweet in this article comments about the “myth” of how X disease will go away after losing weight; well, do the research. It’s not just about weight, but many people’s disorders, diseases, and illnesses have disappeared after reshaping their life and becoming healthy. My husband was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease when he was younger (and larger); after he lost weight and strengthened his body, it disappeared. It’s been gone for years.
Obesity is not a “body type” the way that Caucasian, African American, or Asian are races; it’s a body defect. No one’s “default” state is meant to be huge, by any logic. We aren’t walruses; we don’t need hundreds of extra pounds to stay warm on the ice. Humans have evolved to be lean, flexible, and strong - our bodies have incredible potential. Health is about reaching that potential.
I will never stop recommending the documentary Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days. People scoff because they really don’t think diet can impact your health that much, and that’s where the ignorance becomes truly dangerous. People will come up with any excuse not to try something because it’s work, because it’s hard, because it doesn’t seem worth it. But nowadays people have become so delusional (and the pro-fat media subset isn’t helping) that they’re fighting back; defending their “right” to be huge, either jumping on the GLBT bandwagon like obesity is some totally valid “lifestyle” that we’re now supposed to accommodate, or promoting it as some incurable disease they’re just cursed with. It’s neither.
Take a moment, though, to consider the diseases that obesity puts you at high risk for - heart attacks, stroke, diabetes, cancer - and then consider your family… your friends… your children.
Do you want your children to be obese? Because they’re looking at you. You’re their model. You’re the kind of person they’re learning to be. Are you okay with the very real fact that obesity greatly increases the chance that you could drop dead of a heart attack at any moment? Are you willing to risk that for your family? Even if you don’t care about your impact on the rest of us who are affected by healthcare costs and the economy, think about the impact you have on those who love you.
I think people wave off the word “risk” because it doesn’t sound guaranteed. Everything in life’s a risk, right? We could all get hit by a bus tomorrow.
Sure. But I’d rather get hit by a bus than die knowing I could’ve prevented it.
Rolling Stone takes you inside the dark underbelly of factory farming in the meat industry
It’s something. This quote, however…
We’re not trying to end meat or start a panic. But there’s a decent way to raise animals for food, and this is the farthest thing from it.
Yeah, fuck you. There is no decent way to raise animals for food.