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.

Karen
1/28/2020 9:03:38 PM

Of course we've been eating meat and dairy for years and years...it's what was available. Just because it's available and we consumed it, does NOT mean that it does great things for our bodies. This is the point that people miss every time they read an article about whether or not humans are supposed to consume animal products. Yes times have changed, yes people eat more processed junk than they should, and yes people have been talked into believing that they NEED meat and dairy to be "healthy". They have most of Americans right where they want them...fat, sick, and nearly dead. :(


JOSEPHW
1/28/2020 11:03:36 AM

Disappointing ME!! I knew it would eventually rear its ugly head I just didn't think it would be this soon. I would have rather seen an article highlighting pros and cons, options based (as per your history) instead of agenda pushing. I guess you have finally given yourselves over to vegan mania. i have nothing against the vegan diet, i think it has SOME positives. the negatives however, seem to align with maniacal domination and condemnation. Extremely similar to mainstream hive/herd mentality of agree with us or you're (insert inflammatory/damning label)! Pathetic and not what I grew up with inside your pages. Way to give over to stay relevant instead of staying true to your heritage. Sell outs.


Alli
1/28/2020 9:57:09 AM

While the article is Pro-Vegan & gave a sentence to "grass-fed", what they have failed to look at, discuss or potentially look at, is the fact that we as human's have eaten meat since we figured out how to hunt. It's been proven with all the knives, spears, arrowheads that have been found clear back to the Neanderthal's. They've recently discovered that the Neanderthal's even went diving for specific clams for their shell's. The author's used the 1900's as a reference of when America's (supposedly 70%) ate food based diet. Well, that cover's 99 yrs of dietary changes. Let's look at the first 30 yrs., as changes began even more by the 40's. But back in the early 1900's, people grew their food's, they grew their large garden's (a family of 4 roughly had an acre size garden to be able to raise enough veggie's to get them through the winter month's (many until they could harvest again), they foraged wild green's, herbs, fruit's, nuts, etc. to add to their diet, they also raised their own meat: beef, pork & chicken, they hunted for extra meat: Deer, elk, antelope, wild boar, wild turkey's, ducks, etc. They processed their own meat, smoked it, made some into Jerky, etc. in the 1940's they started changing the Wheat, they started adding hormones & other chemical drug's into the feedlot cows diet. The other thing that these authors failed to mention, is that the American diet has steered dramatically away from home cooked from scratch food's since the 60's-70's to fast food. The American population has INCREASED the amount of Dairy Queen, Arby's, McDonald's, Pizza Hut, Carl's Jr trips of other fast food joint's instead of mom (or dad) going home & cooking a balanced meal for their family. Take away the constant boxed foods. I am NOT saying that we need to live on a meat only diet. But to compare us to Apes & chimpanzee's is not an accurate comparison, because even they eat meat. Our little fang's are used for meat ripping, our teeth are not all flat & dull, otherwise, we'd have teeth like cows, horse's, & goat's. But we don't. It has proven that we have consumed meat way back in the dawn of time. What has changed (besides how we raise our meat, vegetables & fruit) is the fact that we are an inactive group of human's, especially since the 1900's. We are no longer working on the farm, raising food; whether it be animal's or plant's. We are no longer chopping wood or any other physical activity. Children have their noses in their cell phones, computer's, ipad's, laptop's, flatscreen's, etc. a few are playing sport's, but even they are fluffier then they use to be. Quit focusing on meat & blaming that as why American people (& other countries) have health issue's, look at the real cause. The American people have gotten lazy since the 1900's, our plant food's genetics have been changed unnaturally, that's changed how it affect's us & the animal's that eat it. Plus, all the drug's that are put into the animal's themselves. We've overly processed everything, we can't eat/digest the plants as they've been changed & that's what's caused issues like Celiac Disease, Leaky Gut, etc. Our corn, apple's, soybean, sugar beet's, Alfalfa, wheat & many other's have been genetically modified, no one wants to look at the damage that has done to ourselves, but also the animal's, pollinator's, etc. Commercial Farms need to improve greatly. But human's have become instant gratification society ....fast food, microwavable, etc. And we wonder why we have diseases that have increased dramatically over the last 40-50 yrs.....look at whose actually to blame. Human's, not meat.







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