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The fact that a disease is caused by a certain diet kind of makes me laugh.
How is the idea that a certain diet can degrade the immune system, the body, and lead to disease absurd? I don’t think it’s absurd that eating unhealthy can lead to disease. What you eat affects your entire body. If someone led an unhealthy diet of fast food and alcohol, I don’t think any nutritionists or doctors would be particularly surprised when it leads to a disease.
The argument you put in support of vegetarian/vegan diets is that your mother is “kind of” a vegetarian, but eats meat sometimes, and she never gets sick… so being a vegitarian/vegan must be perfectly healthy and this extremely sick person who made this thread should continue on her path of cutting out fats and animal proteins.
We have a doctor who basically treats candida for a living telling us that the vegetarians/vegans he sees with candida overgrowth are harder to treat than meat eaters. Maybe, just maybe, the direct experience of dealing with such cases is better evidence than an antidote about a ‘kind of’ vegetarian mother, or Vegan Catlady’s independent research that vegetarianism/veganism is perfectly fine and healthy.
Did Catlady read anything about meat eaters who were extremely sick going on a veg diet, and building their immune system back? Has your mother ever been deathly ill, cut out meats, and land back on her feet? I would bet that the promoters who are writing to you online and in diet books about the healthy super great vegetarian/vegan lifestyles probably weren’t on their death beds when they went veg and decided to write those articles toting the fruitful benefits of excluding meat.
The fact is that vegan/vegetarianism is the “ultimate diet fad” here, not the suggestion to eat meat. Cutting out meats is unnatural. The natural diet of humans through history includes meat. My suggestion is for her to STOP her diet, not to go one one.
In the Scary Truth About Vegan Diets, the text concludes with:
[indent]Eventually, Crosby Helms, Stubbart, Floyd, and Farrell all tried eating meat and/or dairy again, this time conscientiously dining on grass-fed, organic fare. “I felt deeply satisfied after my first bite of fried eggs and cheese,” says Floyd, who no longer deals with crazy cravings and now has “awesome” cholesterol–which she links, ironically, to a return to eggs and bacon. A year after forgoing veganism, Farrell revisited her doctor. “My thyroid was running normally again, my nervous system was balanced. I felt like myself again. Why didn’t I stop sooner?”[/indent]