This is one of the best talks on veganism I’ve ever watched (and I was raised vegetarian). The doctor, Dr. Neal Barnard, has a great sense of humor and an obviously extensive range and depth of knowledge on the topic. He doesn’t focus on animal cruelty, but, frankly, that’s not the best selling point for everyone. He focuses on health, and he even mentions a few things I never knew — certain national and global cancer associations have said people shouldn’t eat bacon, hot dogs, ham, or other processed meats at all.
Another good one, when challenged with the thought, “what about just eating bacon in moderation,” he responds that doing things in moderation is for good things. It’s not recommended that you do heroine in moderation or doing cocaine in moderation. And cancer associations have said that we should never eat bacon, ham, hot dogs, etc.
And the really good news — this interview was on mainstream media — The Morning Show!
Check it out (more highlights in text below):
I also love the following points:
- The societies that are the healthiest do not eat a lot of meat or cheese.
- After a few weeks on a vegan diet, people start to feel better, and their taste buds also change (often making them prefer the vegan diet).
- There are unique cases with regards to smoking where a life-long smoker lives to over a hundred. And there are unique cases where people eat a lot of meat and are healthy. But the science shows a link between smoking and cancer (people know that now) and there is a clear scientific link between eating meat, especially certain meats, a cancer. Think basketball — a full-court buzzer-beater can happen, but it is not the norm. It’s a better idea, if you want to win the game, to bring the ball up the court and go for easier shots.
- When you challenge a person’s personal choices (i.e. eating meat and dairy), even without trying to, people often have a natural reaction against it. The same thing used to happen with smoking.
Thanks to a good old friend for sharing this with me!