Article #2: Are Humans Meat-Eaters?
“Meat” is the dead flesh of animals, fish or birds.
Putrefaction (decay) begins in all flesh from the moment of death.
This process of decomposition results in various poisons collecting in the dead animal tissue.
Most cases of food poisoning are the result of eating bad meat or meat products, i.e. canned meat, shellfish, etc.
The longer the time from the death of your meat to your mouth, the more dangerous it is to you.
Meat contains a high proportion of cholesterol (an important causative factor in thrombosis, high blood pressure etc.) with no lecithin (nature’s antidote) to balance it. (All vegetable proteins, on the other hand, contain lecithin to naturally counterbalance it!)
Meat is not a suitable item of diet for the human being for the following anatomical and physiological reasons:
- Flesh-eating mammals have a short bowel to enable them to expel rapidly the putrefactive flesh, while man has a long and complicated alimentary tract to enable plant nutrients to be slowly and properly taken up.
- Flesh eaters have a different type of intestinal bacteria from the non-meat eaters. Man falls into the second category.
- Flesh eaters have long and sharp teeth. Man has the teeth of the grain eaters. (Fruit, cereals, vegetables, nuts.)
- Man can ‘grind’ with his jaws, flesh eaters cannot. Their jaws move up and down only.
- Man, the horse, cow, antelope, and monkey family all sweat through their skins. All flesh eaters sweat through their tongues.
- Man sucks his liquids—carnivores all lap.
- Man’s saliva contains ptyalin (to commence starch digestion)—flesh-eating animals have no ptyalin.
- Carnivores have large livers but man has only a comparatively small one.
- Flesh eaters secrete into their stomachs 10 times the hydrochloric acid as do non-flesh eaters, in order to cope with quantities of meat, bone, feathers, sinews, and so on.
The flesh eater takes nourishment from parts of the whole beast—not just muscle-meat as man does.
Man seldom eats raw meat. He has to cook it first so as to disguise it from the corpse it really is.
Meat eating is one of the links in the chains of addiction. Being a stimulating food (hence the sense of “strength” that meat eaters talk about so often) it demands complementary stimulation from such things as wine, brandy, cigars, drugs, tea, coffee, cigarettes, etc. Meat becomes ‘dull’ without alcohol and alcohol ‘demands’ meat— they go together.
Meat eating is also wasteful in that slaughter cattle live first upon a vegetable diet (grass, etc.) and their flesh is therefore only grass second-hand. Although the whole of their bodies are not consumed, they have still to be fed and grown upon land which might otherwise be growing food for starving humans.
Anyone who wishes to visit a slaughterhouse can decide for himself whether there is any pain, suffering or cruelty involved in the meat industry. This is perpetuated by eating meat.
The meat eater is directly responsible for the continued employment of fellow human beings in an ignoble occupation.
Most of the meat today is raised in pitiful, inhuman conditions. These unfortunate beasts are raised in tiny cramped cells where they live in darkness and the stench of their own droppings from birth to the slaughter house.
Meat is acid-forming in the bloodstream and lays down the foundation for such degenerative conditions as arthritis; rheumatism, diabetes, arteriosclerosis and probably cancer.
In his book, How to Avoid Cancer, the well-known writer Fraser McKenzie quotes from eminent medical men who show that disease, in general, diminishes in those communities where there is little or no flesh eaten. Also that in the Western world, the disease rate rises in almost direct proportion to the amount of meat eaten. Vegetarian communities are free of such diseases as cancer, nephritis, arteriosclerosis, thrombosis, etc. The evidence is all there for the reading.
In this brief survey we have barely touched upon the ‘humanitarian’ aspect of this subject, but defy anyone to show how meat eating is compatible with any doctrine of kindness, compassion, gentleness and love.