Article #12: What's Wrong With Your T-Bone Steak? by Alvin E. Adams, M.D.
Flesh food in the diet is an important cause of disease and death among humans. Meat, Fish and poultry transmit bacterial and parasitic infections to man. Pesticides, antibodies, and hormones find access to our bodies through the meat we eat. Also, flesh foods, by their very nature, are harmful to human health because of the effects that cholesterol, animal fat, blood, and lack of fiber have on various body systems.
Meat Lacks Fiber
Flesh foods lack natural fiber found so abundantly in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Fiber is composed of cellulose. It is indigestible and therefore adds bulk and moisture to the stool. A high meat diet is low in residue-containing foods resulting in constipation with hard and infrequent stools. This in turn often results in the development of hemorrhoids.
Straining and increased tension in the smooth muscle of the colon wall are thought to be the cause of diverticulosis. The pouches of diverticulosis often become impacted with fecal material and may become infected resulting in abdominal pain. Diverticuli occasionally perforate or hemorrhage, requiring emergency surgery.
Meat Is Suspect In Cancer
Meat in the diet is now suspected by many scientists to be a major cause of cancer of the colon. With a high meat diet the transit time of food through the gastrointestinal system is prolonged. Waste matter which should be eliminated promptly remains in contact with the rectal tissue for long periods of time. Cancer-causing compounds may be formed by chemical reactions or as byproducts of bacterial metabolism. These chemicals may initiate cancer in the colon wall. Cancer is the number two killer in the U.S., and colon cancer is the most common cause of cancer deaths. Seventy-five percent of all colon cancers occur within the last six inches of the colon where feces are stored.
Meat Is High In Saturated Fats
The fat found in dairy products and all animals except fish is highly saturated. Saturated fats in the diet tend to raise the blood cholesterol and accelerate the development of hardening of the arteries by the process of arteriosclerosis. Wherever an artery becomes completely clogged because of this pathologic process, a disaster occurs in the tissue beyond the point of obstruction. A blocked cerebral artery results in a stroke, an obstructed artery in a leg may lead to gangrene, and an obstructed coronary artery results in a heart attack. Heart attacks and strokes are the number one and number three killers in this country but are only minor causes of death in countries where there is little or no meat in the diet.
Blood In Meat Can Be Harmful
The blood remaining in meat can be a source of potentially harmful compounds. The blood is the vehicle which carries waste products from the site of their formation to the organ of elimination or metabolism. The bloodstream carries carbon dioxide to the lungs for removal from the system, and it carries other waste products such as urea, uric acid, and creatine to the kidneys for elimination from the body. The blood, also, distributes hormones from the site of production to target organs. Blood in the meat you eat contains the waste products of the slaughtered animal. The removal or metabolism of these chemicals places an extra work load on your liver and kidneys. If the animal was in a state of excitement or fear when it was slaughtered, animal adrenalin and other hormones never reach their target organs but remain in the meat only to have an effect upon you as you eat your blood rare steak.
Meat Contains Pesticides
Many pesticides are fat soluble chemical compounds which are accumulated and stored in animal fat. After eating feed sprayed with pesticides, surprisingly high levels of these complex hydrocarbons are found concentrated in choice-cuts of meat. It has been estimated that 80% of the pesticides which find their way into the human diet come from the meat we eat.
Meat Has Hormones
Hormones and antibodies administered to animals to force growth and prevent disease are metabolized fairly rapidly by the animal. Frequently, however, animals are slaughtered before the drugs have been cleared from the animals' systems, and humans are exposed unnecessarily to these compounds. Until recently, D.E.S. (Diethylstilbestrol) was mixed with feed to promote rapid growth and development in animals. Women who have taken this drug during pregnancy are likely to have boys who are sterile or girls who are susceptible to genital tract cancer. Residues of D.E.S. were frequently found in meat while its use was authorized by the F.D.A.
Meat Has Bacteria And Parasites
Outbreaks of Staphylococcal Enteritis, Shigella Dysentery, and Salmonella often have been traced to meat dishes improperly prepared or preserved. Oysters and shellfish taken from waters contaminated with human waste are a significant cause of Infectious Hepatitis.
Parasitic infections frequently are traced to a flesh food diet. Tapeworms are found in beef, pork and fish. Tapeworm infestations result in chronic disability, weakness, and anemia. Trichinosis is the most important parasitic disease transported by meat in the U.S. THIS COUNTRY HAS THE DUBIOUS DISTINCTION OF LEADING THE WORLD IN TRICHINOSIS. We have approximately three times as much trichinosis as all the rest of the world. About 16% of all adults in the U.S. are found to have trichinosis at autopsy. A heavy infection of trichinosis may cause death, but more often the only manifestations of trichinosis are chronic aches and pains which usually are passed off as a rheumatism or arthritis. Unfortunately, there is NO CURE for trichinosis.
Proper cooking can kill the parasites and bacteria found in meat but when meat, poultry, and seafood are eaten raw or only have a brief exposure to heat, one is inviting bacterial or parasitic disease.
Good Health Requires Effort
If flesh foods were eliminated from the diet, there would be a significant decrease in the disease, disability, and death which result from the conditions that have been discussed herein. Good health is not an accident; it must be pursued with diligent effort. It results from adhering to a healthful diet, avoiding all that is harmful to health and using moderately those things which promote it. Eliminating or reducing flesh foods from the diet is a step toward better health.
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