Nurturing Children With The Right Foods

When World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2015 announced red meat a class 1 carcinogen, equal only to cigarettes and asbestos, the question became if we cannot or will not give up meat for ourselves, then surely it's time we stopped feeding it to our children?

Surely most responsible, caring parents would be horrified to know they were actively contributing to their child's risk of developing cancer and other chronic illnesses. If giving children, cigarettes is deemed irresponsible and abusive then surely feeding them the equivalent is?

Shockingly though the message for many still hasn't hit home, and while sales of meat and dairy are steadily declining, it is not commensurate to the overwhelming evidence, anecdotal and clinical, on the adverse effects of feeding your children toxic animal products.

Even the most cursory google search around the subject will provide all the facts and statistics to convince the most recalcitrant to abandon meat and dairy. So why then are people still feeding their children a potent cocktail of carcinogens, antibiotics, puss, growth hormones, uric acid, mercury, cortisol and other delightful ingredients all contained in meat, fish and dairy?

Factors like societal conditioning and familial pressure play a large part. The lies peddled by both the dairy and meat industries have embedded themselves into the fabric of our collective psyche, which for some people is hard to throw off. Thankfully though we are in 2017 and spoilt with a repository of information at our fingertips, to cross-check and analyse for ourselves and surely as parents, we would all want to do this for the well-being of our children? You'd think.

The answer to why we cannot admit to ourselves that our choices are not just morally wrong, but putting our children at risk, is a mixture of cognitive dissonance, laziness and denial.

Milk, we have been told is an excellence source calcium and vitamin D which will strengthen our bones and give us radiant skin and hair. LIE. There is no naturally found Vitamin D present in dairy milk. It is added afterwards in synthesised form. Far from being good for us, dairy triggers gut inflammation, eczema, psoriasis, autism, diabetes, osteoporosis, migraine, brain fog, lethargy, grey sallow skin, accelerated ageing and a plethora of other degenerative conditions. 

Why? Well, nature intended milk to turn a baby calf into a two-ton cow; it is wholly unintended to benefit the human digestive tract. Aside from the cruelty involved in the dairy industry, the mixture of puss, secretions, hormones and antibiotics is fed into your child's gut where it will ferment a provide a springboard for so many adverse health conditions.

While your child might not develop acne or eczema overnight, you can bet that a dairy manifested allergy will present itself at some point, whether it is skin deep or otherwise. It's not that we're lactose intolerant - we're just not baby cows.

Speaking from personal experience, as a teenager I was constantly told drinking lots of milk would make me tall and strong. What is actually did was cause me acne and headaches to the point I needed to miss time at school, such was my sore skin and migraines. It did not improve until I eliminated every source of dairy from my diet. 

There is no vitamin or mineral present is dairy that cannot be found in clean, wholesome sources of foods; from delicious plant milks and cheeses, fortified cereals, tofu, legumes, lentils, seitan, vegetables, quinoa, the list goes on. So why cause suffering to your child and others when you don't have to?

Today we are spoilt for choice with a market saturated with alternatives. Children love colour, and a vegan diet is full of it. But children are led by their parents, so it needs to be fun. There is not one meat-based recipe I have not found a vegan version of, from chilli to paella - the options are plentiful.

The answer to all the adverse health conditions and cruelty involved in the meat and dairy industry is not, as some would counter, the organic versions.

'Organic' 'Humane' 'Welfare Assured' 'RSPCA Approved' are merely marketing falsities which the industry attempts to placate us with, and assuage our guilt so they can keep peddling their lies. It's a multi-billion pound industry, and let me assure you, people's health is their last consideration.

Even a desultory look at the conditions that chickens live in on a so-called 'free-range' farm will reveal just how duplicitous these labels are. Cramped, full of squalor and disease farm animals are anything but well-treated, irrelevant of whatever stamp a supermarket puts on the packet.

The British Advertising Standards Agency recently found in favour of the Go Vegan World to run its 'Human Milk Is A Myth' campaign, recognising the mendacious way the dairy industry works.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/25/humane-milk-myth-ad-relaunched-asa-rejects-farmers-complaints/

When an animal is slaughtered it experiences as you would expect acute terror and pain, releasing both uric acid and cortisol which floods its system. There is no way to remove these highly toxic compounds from the flesh so it must pass from them to us where it sits in our gut, commonly taking a week or sometimes longer to entirely exit the digestive tract. The human digestive system is unsuited to meat, we lack the enzymes and hydrochloric acid to break it down, as true carnivores are able to successfully. Our intestinal tract is also too long, three times longer than carnivores, which explains why meat sits and rots in our system, unlike true carnivores which have far shorter tracts. 

https://www.peta.org/living/food/natural-human-diet/

Lastly, there is a reason that we take children fruit picking and not to the slaughterhouse; by nature children instinctively want to nurture and care for animals. Wouldn't you want to raise a child that has respect for all life and the environment in which they live? It after all the legacy that they will inherit.

If we were really meant to eat animals, then we would the have the stomach to kill them ourselves, Except we do not. We shield our eyes, and our children's eyes from the horrific reality that we pay someone else to do, so we won't have to.

Below are just a few links among the thousands available:

https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/2015/11/03/report-says-eating-processed-meat-is-carcinogenic-understanding-the-findings/

http://www.who.int/features/qa/cancer-red-meat/en/

https://iahp.org/dairy/

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/natural-health/reasons-to-never-feed-your-kids-dairy-again/

https://www.livescience.com/49551-should-kids-drink-milk.html

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Debunking the Protein Myth

For decades, the meat and dairy industries have been telling us we need to consume animal products to acquire enough protein to be healthy.

The truth is the opposite. Far from causing the body good, it actively creates a multitude of diseases & illnesses; from preventable cancers, heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis (yes, it's the reverse of what we've been old!)

The human body is not designed to ingest animal protein; for example, on a physiological level, we do not have the claws or fangs that other, true carnivores have, and can only eat animal flesh if it is cooked. Our jaw structure is completely that of a herbivore, and far from having 'canine' teeth, ours closely resemble the plant-eating cow.

This is kind of a huge clue! Mankind today does not possess the biological stomach to hunt and kill their prey. In fact, our ancestors were omnivores which meant they ate very little animal flesh in fact, their systems much better suited to plant-based food. There has been much academic conjecture about what enabled our homo sapien brains to evolve and predominate other species in the way we have, and the carbohydrate theory is today still the most compelling and rational (further blog coming)

The human system lacks the intestinal tract and the stomach acids to successively break down animal protein, which explains the prevalence of diseases inherent in western diets where animal products are widely consumed, vis a vis cultures which have a marginalised animal protein intake.

In the following videos, which I will keep augmenting,  I will show how the meat and dairy industries propagate these fallacies, which have become entrenched in our collective psyches. Never before has so much information been so accessible, addressing the falsehoods and misinformation peddled by these multi-trillion pound industries, who lobby to keep us in a state of confusion and dependency.

All protein comes from plants. Fact. Consuming protein from animal tissue is merely consuming second-hand protein along with uric acid (urine) antibiotics, hormones and an array of toxins. Most people have TOO much protein in their diets, again misled by the popularity of such diets, such as the Atkins. The reality is most people need between 45-55 grams per day, any more and the body converts it to sugar, and then fat. Excess protein places a strain on the kidneys and increases the risk of osteoporosis, diabetes and certain cancers.

Take a look.....

https://www.peta.org/living/food/much-protein-need/

I have many conversations with women who have started the transition to being vegan and are worried about their partner and families converting, or even approving of their decision. While some people go vegan overnight, which was the case with myself having watched the Earthlings documentary, others need more time, and men in particular (not all) need more clarity/convincing/encouragement around the health benefits.

In my case, I asked Joe to watch all the available footage on the horrific cruelty of separating newborn calfs from their distraught mothers (see my Why Vegan page) We also watched plenty of undercover footage of factory farms and abattoirs in the UK, and even did a virtual tour inside a few of them, in the UK and abroad. By this point, he was pretty much there, as most caring and compassionate people would be. He was utterly unaware and horrified at the avalanche of evidence on how appallingly animals are treated before they end up as headless and tailless, neatly packaged and sterilised in our supermarket aisles.

I also presented factual and scientific evidence of how detrimental animal flesh and dairy is for the human body (there was plenty to draw on). As a scientist he could not equivocate on the points I was raising, nor counter the environmental and ecological cost of eating animals. He was horrified at how long he was kept in the dark about the reality, which is hidden behind closed doors from all of us. That is until now.

While we are still very much vegan for the animals, but what I'm saying is that some aspects resonate more with others; whether it's personal health, global poverty, or the immorality of consuming living, feeling beings. We're all different, and at the end of the day, who cares why someone becomes vegan, so long as we achieve the end game.

Although I do not understand anyone who does not share a love and compassion for all animals and our natural world, I do not believe it is necessary to love animals as a pre-requisite to being vegan, even though it is synergistic.  What I believe in is justice. Animals are the most vulnerable and abused members of our society, and as right-minded, evolved animals ourselves, surely we hate all forms of injustice and bullying, which is all that happens in the hell-hole farms and slaughterhouses. Wouldn't you want someone to step in and help you if you were being abused and tortured?

The final point I always like to raise in debunking the protein myth-a conversation I had with Chris Eubank himself-is how many elite sportsman and athletes have embraced veganism. From world heavyweight boxer David Haye to tennis champions Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams, along with countless bodybuilders, rugby players and dancers, etc., etc. The out-moded stereotype of vegans being sickly and weak, lacking essential nutrients & vitality has at last been eradicated. It was all nonsense in the first place, propagated to continue the falsehoods around the need to consume animal flesh.

As the medical profession is coming to realise, a vegan diet is the only way of living and eating that can prevent, reverse and very often cure chronic, terminal and degenerative diseases. The World Health Institute has recently classified red animal flesh a class one carcinogen, on par with cigarettes and asbestos. Harvard and Yale Universities have concurred that there is no healthy intake of meat in the human diet.

There should be no frontiers on how or why someone becomes vegan. It's neither the preserve of the elite, nor the disenfranchised; it's a critical cause affecting us all, without any class, gender or race prejudice. When you can make a difference to billions of lives, global poverty, preservation of fellow species, our natural habitat then why wouldn't you?

There's so many inspiring men and women along with countless everyday heroes who rock the vegan world. Here are just a few. Enjoy! :) xx