Category Archive: Disease
Here are all the SuperVegan blog posts categorized under Disease.
I was lucky enough to meet Congressman and Democratic Presidential hopeful Dennis Kucinich in Washington D.C. over the July 4th weekend. The Congressman and I had a brief chat about his veganism (and his frustration at always being labeled vegan first and politician second): apparently it allows him to stay clearer and “more focused” than he’s been in twenty years–he’s able to work 18 hour days and snag hot young ladies. And he swears by hummus. Perhaps a bad batch was what struck him down with food poisoning this week. Hopefully he’ll recover quickly to hit the trail and do a little shoe pleather campaigning.
I know political progressives are torn over support for Kucinich–he’s part of the two-party system, yet he’s more progressive than Nader–and, oh yeah, he doesn’t have a chance in hell. But a girl can dream.
Looking for yet another reason to convince your friends to go veggie? A recent study suggests that cured meat, such as hamburgers and bacon, can negatively affect lung function, leading to emphysema and even lung disease or cancer.
Cured meats are high in nitrites, a kind of preservative, that’s been implicated as the cancer-causer. Past research has also linked nitrites to other diseases such as pancreatic, bladder, stomach, gastric and breast cancers. Most veggie burgers and other mock-meats, on the other hand, do not contain any nitrites, and various studies have shown that vegetarians may not only have a lower risk of getting many cancers, but may actually be warding off certain cancers by avoiding nitrites and other meat-related carcinogens.
So meat has officially been linked to nearly every kind of cancer known to man. I wonder how much more it’s going to take to convince people that smoked sausage and bacon at 8 a.m. isn’t a smart way to start the day.
It may sound sci-fi, but scientists now theorize that mobile phones could be to blame for Colony Collapse Disorder that’s struck bees across the U.S. and Europe. Scientists say the radiation given off by mobile phones and other high-tech gadgets may be interfering with the bees’ navigation systems, preventing them from finding their way back to their hives.
Although sufficient hard proof of this theory is still lacking, research already suggests that cell phone radiation may have serious adverse effects on human health, causing brain tumors, reduced sperm counts and loss of brain cells. If cell radiation can do this to people, imagine what it could do to bees…
Given the backlash in Chicago, it’s no surprise that the fight to ban foie gras in NYC is getting foodies’ panties in a twist. But this is a new low, especially during the holidays. Fairway has declared itself “Foie Gras Central” and is promoting the hell out of its foie gras products.
Declaring foie gras utterly humane and “one of life’s gustatory pleasures,” the sign basically panders to one of the lowest human impulses—spite—and dares people to buy the product, slinging a loud “Nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah” along with their blood money.
Help set the record straight—that includes the fact that we can indeed spell “foie gras” correctly—and join Farm Sanctuary as they leaflet outside Fairway markets in New York this weekend. For more information on how to get involved, e-mail Carol Moon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let me begin by saying – you must read this book, Bird Flu: A Virus of Our Own Hatching (Lantern Books, 2006). If not the whole book, which I recommend, then at least read some parts of the book. There is no excuse not to do so as it is offered in its entirety online for free in an easily readable format. Dr. Michael Greger, has written an incredibly well researched (roughly 100 of the 465 pages are references) book. The book consists of five sections, Storm Gathering, When Animal Viruses Attack, Pandemic Preparedness, Surviving the Pandemic and Preventing Future Pandemics with a Forward by Professor Emeritus Kennedy Shortridge, who is credited with discovering the H5N1 (bird flu) virus in Asia.
While I consider myself fairly well versed in the horrors of factory farming, having read much of the prominent literature regarding animal rights and veganism, I found myself underlining informative sentences and gasping paragraph after paragraph with some of the information spilling off the pages. Certainly the description of the zoonotic diseases introduced to humans through the domestication of animals – including Lymes disease, rabies, AIDS and Ebola – was a particularly insightful example of one of the many reasons factory farming is problematic. Obviously bird flu is another example, historically shown to be dangerous to humanity and believed to be on the verge of a pandemic world-wide. Continue Reading…