Meaty Truth: How Chronic Diseases May Be Fueled by an Animal-Based Diet

According to the authors of a recent book, meat and dairy may promote inflammation, the root of many chronic diseases. Read their case for why we’re not designed for an animal-based diet and how the typical American diet may be corrupting our health.

| March 2015

  • As the prices of meat and dairy have fallen our consumption of these foods has increased. Today 70 percent of our protein comes from animal-based products.
    Photo by Fotolia/Africa Studio
  • “The Meaty Truth” by Shushana Castle and Amy-Lee Goodman is an eye-opening look at the massive problems caused by the American population’s food supply.
    Cover courtesy Skyhorse Publishing

The typical American diet represents today’s escalating global health and environmental crisis. Authors Shushana Castle and Amy-Lee Goodman offer a look inside the production, packaging and politics of the hazardous foods we gobble up in The Meaty Truth (Skyhorse Publishing, 2014). The following excerpt from “Seriously? You’re Still Sick?” looks at the link between animal protein-based diets and chronic diseases.

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Chronic Disease and Diet

“The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.” ~ Thomas Edison

Today, 70 percent of deaths in this country are attributed to chronic diseases. These diseases were almost unheard of a mere one hundred years ago. The leading chronic conditions such as heart disease, cancer, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes used to be confined to an aging population, as evidenced by their definition as “degenerative” chronic diseases. Yet now we are seeing them in an increasing number of school-age children.

This generation of children has the highest rate of health problems, including obesity, diabetes, attention deficit disorders, and autism. One in three children are obese, and this is the first generation of children who will have shorter life spans than their parents. Today, one in two Americans die from heart disease, one in eight women are diagnosed with breast cancer, and the chance of being diabetic in America is now one in three. Although we turn to technology to “fix” our health problems, we are no further ahead in our quest for wellness.

So where are we going wrong? It is really quite simple. We are heavily consuming the wrong foods. In the 1900s, Americans got 70 percent of their protein from plant-based foods. Today we get 70 percent of our protein from animal-based foods. Americans consume more meat per person than anywhere else in the world.



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