If you were to walk into the entrance hall of the “Nathan Pritikin Clinic” in California USA, you would read the plaque inscribed “if you’d rather die than change your ways, you will”.

In recent years many people have chosen to break with social and cultural traditions as they freely choose to eat less MEAT and embrace a vegetarian lifestyle for moral, environmental and health reasons.

In the November 1, 1997 edition of the “Sydney Morning Herald”, an article raised concerns about the over-use [abuse- approximately 659 tons per annum] of antibiotics in beef and dairy cattle, pigs and poultry.

It is feared that this type of abuse causes the development of antibiotic resistant bacteria which can spread to humans via consumption or contact, and these bacteria are resistant to antibiotics prepared for humans.

Many of the chemicals used in MEAT production have been found to turn up on the plate or glass ie milk.

It is estimated that 5.1 million people fall ill every year from microbes found in meat and poultry.

Fodder given to livestock is often riddled with herbicides and insecticides which collect in animal tissue which is then eaten by the general population.

Beef ranks as the second highest cancer risk due to pesticide contamination [preceded by tomatoes], and the third greatest danger regards insecticide contamination.

Other harmful agents used are:  anabolic steroids and growth hormone, estradiol, penicillin, chemical flavors, colors, preservatives, nitrites and nitrates.

Animal products contain high levels of saturated fats which are linked with the incidence of cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Fortunately the transition from MEAT EATER to vegetarian is easier these days with the ever-growing number of MEAT SUBSTITUTES found on the supermarket shelves and in the freezer cabinets.

All nuts, seeds, sprouts, beans, lentils, buckwheat, millet, nutmeats, soy products such as tofu, textured vegetable protein, wheat based or corn based mince, gluten steaks are great sources of protein.

Change undertaken gradually is easier and usually embraced for the longer term, so I suggest try eating meat every second day only.

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