Category Archive: Disease
Here are all the SuperVegan blog posts categorized under Disease.
I prefer the view from behind a monitor, but if you talk a good vegan game, you might want to apply to PCRM’s new Heart Health program. The health-conscious org is looking for a few good veggies to spread the word that a vegan diet can help prevent, treat, and reverse heart disease.
PCRM will provide the training, then send you off to talk to members of organizations like the Rotary club. To apply, you need to fill out an application and make a five-minute video of yourself giving a presentation (ideas for the chat can be found here.) Then send it all off to:
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
Human Resources Department
Re: Heart Health Presentation
5100 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20016
For more information, e-mail HeartHealth@pcrm.org or call 202-686-2210.
It’s not news anymore that the introduction of the bill banning the sale of foie gras in NYC was postponed due to pressure from the bill’s opponents. As the foodies continue to torture animals in the name of a delicacy, all the while bitching and moaning that the government has no right to tell people what they can or can’t eat, the Big Apple banned the use of trans fats in restaurants, and plenty of people would like to see more regulation and oversight when it comes to food thanks to the recent outbreaks of salmonella and E. coli.
I can’t help but think that all this activity surrounding food and fat and health and safety will lend credence to the foie gras ban, since foie gras is literally fatty, diseased organs, produced by force-feeding ducks and geese a third or fourth of their body weight every day, resulting in livers that are 10 times normal size, not to mention a host of diseases, paralysis, and premature deaths that predate even slaughter.
We need to make sure this legislation is introduced, and you, your friends, and family can help. Following is an exhaustive guide to getting involved. Continue Reading…
On Thursday, I went to Stand-up NY (kind of an unlikely venue) for a lecture by Dr. Michael Greger, for a presentation based on his new book, Bird Flu: A Virus of Our Own Hatching.
The talk was both fascinating and terrifying. Did you know, for example, that all human infectious diseases are thought to have originated from animals—the flu from sheep, colds from horses—and that infectious diseases did not exist before humans started to domesticate animals? (In populations that hunt and eat wild animals, there are no such diseases.) Hence, a virus of our own hatching.
Some facts from the book:
“In 1918, half the world became infected and 25% of all Americans fell ill. Unlike the regular seasonal flu, which tends to kill only the elderly and infirm, the flu virus of 1918 killed those in the prime of life. Public health specialists at the time noted that most influenza victims were those who ‘had been in the best of physical condition and freest from previous disease.’ Continue Reading…
The pot calling the not-quite-kettle black
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine came under fire recently for suing fast food chains like McDonald’s and Burger King for serving grilled chicken containing carcinogens. The slam came from the Center for Consumer Freedom, which calls PCRM a “phony ‘physicians’ group” who would “rather save lab rats than cure cancer and AIDS.”
In its pursuit of “truth,” the CCF has created websites like PhysicianScam.com, as well as FishScam.com and Trans-fat Facts.com, where it refutes information about the dangers of eating fish and trans-fats-containing foods—information it says has been fabricated by the “food police”—and promotes their consumption instead.
The group calls PCRM “animal rights zealots” and “radical animal rights activists.” And CCF’s director of research, David Martosko, used the lawsuits as an opportunity to scare people away from a plant-based diet: “The federal government and the American Cancer Society agree that there’s nothing dangerous about eating a chicken sandwich. But letting animal rights activists slowly force us into vegetarianism could be hazardous to everyone’s health. The last time I checked, Americans were getting sick from spinach, not grilled chicken.” Continue Reading…
About 1 in 133 people has celiac disease, an inherited illness in which the lining of the small intestine is damaged upon consumption of wheat, barley, or rye (whether oats are also off limits is up for debate). But because the symptoms are so common (stomachaches, constipation, diarrhea, and fatigue, among others), celiac can be difficult to diagnose. In an effort to raise awareness, October has been designated Celiac Awareness Month.
Of course, having celiac or even just being gluten-intolerant can be that much more complicated if you’re also vegan—goodbye, seitan and wheat protein! Even if you’d be willing to suffer the intestinal upset for some mock meat every once in a while, consider this: Researchers are now tying celiac to dementia and other forms of cognitive decline. (McDonald’s was sued for not disclosing all the ingredients in its french fries, which were found to contain gluten as well as casein, which exacerbated the condition of an autistic boy.) The good news is, tests at the Mayo Clinic have shown that following a gluten-free diet may help counteract these consequences. The bad news is, following a gluten-free vegan diet can be a real pain in the ass. But it can be done. Continue Reading…