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“The beef industry has contributed to more American deaths then all the wars of this country, all natural disasters, and all automobile accidents combined.  If beef is your idea of real food for real people, you'd better live real close to a real good hospital.”  - Neal Barnard, M.D., Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

“A causal relationship between red meat consumption and cancer is supported by several large studies conducted in the U.S.  Specifically, women with the highest level of meat consumption had double the rate of breast cancer compared to those who consumed small amount of meat.”  - Epidemiology 5, no. 4 (1994): 391

“With the exception of tobacco consumption, diet is... the most important factor in the etiology of human cancer.” - toxicology, Dec. 27, 2002

“A high-fat, animal-based diet is the single most significant cause of death from heart disease.” - Roger R. Williams, in Nutrition in the '90's, pp. 237-316

“I don't understand why asking people to eat a well-balanced vegetarian diet is considered drastic, while it is medically conservative to cut people open and put them on cholesterol-lowering drugs for the rest of their lives.” - Dean Ornish, M.D.

“Those men who are prostate-cancer patients consume a diet higher in fat than those who do not have prostate cancer.  When animal product consumption is compared to the rates of death, it is found that the consumption of meat and dairy products correlate very closely with the death rate.”  - Cancer 64 (1989): 598-604

“At least 50 percent of all children in the United States are allergic to milk, many undiagnosed.  Dairy products are the leading cause of food allergy, often revealed by constipation, diarrhea, and fatigue. Many cases of asthma and sinus infections are reported to be relieved and even eliminated by cutting out dairy.” - Frank Oaski, M.D., chief of pediatrics, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, in Natural Health, July 1994

“Cow's milk has become a point of controversy among doctors and nutritionists. There was a time when it was considered very desirable, but research has forced us to rethink this recommendation... Dairy products contribute to a surprising number of health problems.” - Benjamin Spock, M.D., Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care, seventh edition

“Dietary fat during childhood may be more life-threatening then was originally suspected.. Overweight children are usually the victims of the dietary habits of the adult members of the family... Reducing dietary fats to levels necessary to the control of cholesterol cannot be achieved if a child drinks whole milk or eats cheese.” - Charles Attwood, M.D., Dr. Attwood's Low-Fat Prescription for Kids

“Well-planned vegan and lacto-ovo-vegetarian diets are appropriate for all stages of the life cycle, including during pregnancy and lactation. Appropriately planned vegan and lacto-ovo-vegetarian diets satisfy nutrient needs of infants, children, and adolescents and promote normal growth.” - American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 59 (1994): 1176S-1181S

“Vegetarian diets offer disease protection benefits because of their lower saturated fat, cholesterol, and animal protein content and often higher concentration of folate (which reduces serum homocysteine levels), antioxidants such as vitamins C and E, carotenoids, and phytochemicals.” - Journal of the American Dietetic Association 95 (1995): 180-189

“Evidence strongly suggests that a high intake of plant-based foods and a low intake of animal products contributes to the excellent health of Mediterranean populations. The high consumption of red meat in Western diets is associated with increased... heart disease, some cancers, and urinary calcium losses likely to contribute to osteoporosis.”  - American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 61 (1995): 1416

"Using a macrobiotic diet emphasizing whole grains, vegetables, and legumes while avoiding dairy products and most meats, nine men with prostate cancer had an average survival of 228 months, compared to 72 months for a matched group of men using no special diet."  - Journal of the American College of Nutrition 12 (1993): 209-226

“In vegetarian populations it appears that nuts may be exerting the strongest protective effect [for coronary heart disease].  This was an unexpected finding, since it was anticipated that the absence of meat eating would be the dominant factor.  When other population groups were examined similar findings became apparent, demonstrating a strong cardioprotective effect from nut ingestion approaching the level of effect seen with the use of lipid-lowering medication.  It has been estimated that 1 ounce of daily nut ingestion may reduce the risk of fatal CHD by 45 percent when substituted for saturated fat (meat) and by 30 percent when substituted for carbohydrate intake...  Although nuts contain approximately 80 percent fat the nut feeding trials have not shown any associated weight gain in those ingesting nuts, suggesting the addition of nuts in the diet may have a satiating effect.”  - Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition 13 (2004): S33

“High-vegetable fiber intakes reduce risk factors for cardiovascular disease and... colon cancer.” - Metabolism 50, no. 4 (April 2001): 494-503

“The lifetime risk of ischemic heart disease (IHD) was reduced by approximately 31 percent in those who consumed nuts frequently and 37 percent in male vegetarians... Higher consumption of all fruit or dried fuit was associated with lower risks of lung, prostate, and pancreatic cancers.” - American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 70, no. 3 (September 1999): 532S-538S
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