Tough break for longtime veg drummer Travis Barker
“When I got back to L.A., I saw another doctor and had every test possible to see what was going on in my arm. The MRI/X-ray showed I’d been playing with a broken arm for three weeks and or possible tumor in my arm. I’m at a loss of words, just taking everything one day at a time. I’ve been told to eat meat and change my diet (I’ve been vegetarian for 16 years) cause its making my bones weak. I never thought I’d break a bone from playing my drums too hard/ too long…everything happens for a reason. I’m gonna spend the next six weeks with my babies and producing.”
Ok, back it up a bit. Travis said something about, “a possible tumor in my arm.” With today’s technology, he doesn’t know if he does or doesn’t have a tumor? Frankly, if his docs can’t figure out if he has a tumor in his arm, I don’t know where they get off telling him to eat meat again.
I’m not a doctor, but I know that exercise is one of the best ways to build and maintain strong bones in addition to a healthy vegan/vegetarian diet. True, we don’t know what Barker eats or his activity level, and I’m not saying he’s a bad guy, but I will say not all veg-ers consistently make the best food and fitness choices—which is totally their perogative—just don’t let that exemplify the veg lifestyle overall. Could his loss of bone strength be due to his particular diet/lifestyle habits and not necessarily the vegetarian diet in general? I think it is highly plausible.
I also know that some of the world’s physically most powerful land animals. The hippopotamus and the elephant, for example, are herbivores and have never seemed to suffer from weak bones before. So, why is it an issue for a wealthy star drummer in his early 30s?
Just stay active and eat well so you may live well. Here are some ways to stronger bones according to PCRM:
- Get moving! Play and exercise every day.
- Eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables.
- Get vitamin D from the sun or from supplements.
- Get calcium from plant foods and fortified products.
Here’s what to do to prevent weakening your bones:
- Limit salty foods.
- Avoid protein from animal sources.
- Keep away from smoking.
- Avoid caffeine.